Summit Entertainment has sent out a press release for their reboot of the Highlander franchise. The studio behind the Twilight franchise officially announced that director Justin Lin will be the man to take up the reigns and helm the new re-imagining. Lin is best known for his work as director of both The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as Fast & Furious. He also handled Better Luck Tomorrow and Annapolis. Lin joins Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and producers Neil H. Moritz and Peter Davis on the project.
Summit is rebooting the title with full expectations of creating a whole new franchise, and they have every reason to expect it to work. Since its inception, Highlander has spawned four other movies, a couple TV series, an animated movie and TV series, and a ton of books and comics.
Though many will be sickened just by the thought of a new Highlander, that feeling will be magnified by the thought of the man who made two Fast and Furious movies. Nonetheless, Summit feels this is the perfect team for the job.
Below are statements from Summit co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger and producer Peter Davis.
We are privileged to have this amazing opportunity to reinvent one of the great franchises. Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.
Justin and Neal are an exciting directing/producing team and I am confident that they will deliver a truly dynamic film while being totally respectful of HIGHLANDER Legend.
One bright spot to all of this is that actor Kevin McKidd has been rumored to be up for the main role of Connor MacLeod, which was made famous by Christopher Lambert. McKidd is best known for his work in one of the main roles of the fantastic HBO series, Rome, and he would be about as good as you could get for this role. This is still just rumor, but we can all hope it becomes fact…weirder things have happened.