FAST FIVE’s Justin Lin No Longer Directing HIGHLANDER Reboot; Will Stay on As An Executive Producer

     August 11, 2011

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Amidst the explosion of recent success he has enjoyed, director Justin Lin (Fast Five) has stepped aside as the director of Summit Entertainment’s Highlander reboot. Lin had been attached to direct the film since Summit acquired the rights to the property back in May of 2008. However, his schedule is somewhat hectic of late what with plans to direct Fast and Furious 6 next and potentially the latest Terminator installment after that. All scheduling issues aside, though, Lin will remain on the project in an executive producer capacity.

Hit the jump for more on the future of the reboot.

highlander-poster-1As for Summit’s plans for the franchise, Heat Vision reports that the studio is looking to move quickly in replacing Lin but stops short of listing any potential candidates. With its primary cash cow Twilight ending in 2012, the studio is reportedly hoping that Highlander will fill its inevitable profit void (they can dream, right?), so much so that Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was tapped to rewrite the script back in February.

Most recently, the reboot boarded a new financier in May to help fund the project alongside producer Neal Moritz and also named Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) as its new scribes. Look for news to surface regarding Summit’s shortlist of directorial candidates in the near future.

In the meantime, here’s a brief synopsis for those unfamiliar with the 1986 original starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery [from Fandango]:

In 16th-century Scotland, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) appears to be mortally wounded in a fight but survives. The arrival of a stranger (Sean Connery) reveals the truth: Connor is one of a select group of Immortals who can only be killed by decapitation and who are destined to battle each other for supreme power. Through the centuries they have lived secret lives, stalking each other until one final confrontation in present-day New York City. A sword-and-sorcery tale for the MTV generation, HIGHLANDER has achieved its own immortality, inspiring several sequels and a television series.

 

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