We here at The Flickcast are all but shocked when we hear about this thing or that getting rebooted or remade. Sadly, we were a little bit surprised when news came that 1986’s Highlander is getting a fancy Hollywood facelift, and even has a director and producer attached.
Distributor Summit Entertainment is going forward with the reboot of the film, hiring the team of Justin Lin to direct and Neal H. Moritz to produce. The team was also behind Fast and Furious, which was one of the bigger film of the year, and the highest grossing title of the year for Universal Pictures.
Summit has had great success so far with the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series (with New Moon hitting theaters this November). According to Variety this may be the birth of another franchise for the company:
Summit plans to expand on the original “Highlander” premise of immortals hunting each other through the ages. The new pic will center on the immortal Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, who must confront a murderous barbarian who lusts for a fabled prize.
Lin’s helming credits include “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Better Luck Tomorrow.” Moritz and his Original Film banner are producing the upcoming “Flash Gordon” and “The Green Hornet.”
There is no word yet on casting or a production timetable, but you can expect things to start up in the next 12 months for sure. Also, no word on the thoughts from the original cast (Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown) on whether or not remaking the 1986 classic is a good idea or not. Keep it here for more as it comes to us.