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

     August 11, 2011


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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  • Chris Wine

    Shia LaBeouf, Penn Badgley or Chace Crawford as Connor MacLeod

    Mischa Barton, Blake Lively, or Evan Rachel Wood as Brenda Wyatt

    Mark Strong or Rhys Ifans as The Kurgan

    Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy or David Tennant as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez

    I hope in this new Highlander film series, they will include Duncan MacLeod, Amanda, General Katana, Louise Marcus, Dr. Alexandra Johnson/Sarah Barrington, Kane, Nakano, Jacob Kell, Heather MacLeod, Rachel Ellenstein, Tessa Noël, Darius, Hugh Fitzcairn, Charlie DeSalvo, Maurice Lalonde, Anne Lindsey, Richie Ryan, Joe Dawson, Methos, Nick Wolfe.

    • Jack

      Really? You are really hoping they include General Katana? Or Louise Marcus for that matter? What did you just cut-and-paste all the characters list from Wikipedia? You know nothing of these movies.

  • Alex–

    Who’d have though Justin Lin would be such a hot ticket. It seems directors have forgotten how to direct a good action movie (Anderson excepted). Hope he stays involved in Die Hard and Highlander somehow.

  • Nawtnt

    Great news that Justin Lin isn’t directing the Highlander remake and Die Hard 5.

    I hope the studio considers to cancel the remake because the original movie is a classic but if the studio still goes for the plan, I think John Hyams or Matthew Vaughan would be great choices to direct the Highlander remake.

    Come on, X-Men: First Class is the best comic book movie of the year and that way Vaughan made the film look like it was a prequel with the timeline and the acting, it is amazing.

    And about Hyams?

    I was amazed how Universal Soldier Regeneration turned out, it was better than I expected and I think he has the skills to direct a gritty, brutal R rated movie.

    I think these two guys are the best choices to direct the Highlander remake, just give them the right script and these guys can do the film right.

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  • tarek

    I am fed with all these remakes.

  • Northern Star

    I said it on this site earlier this year and I’ll say it again- get Martin Campbell to direct the ‘Highlander’ remake, period! Of all classic 1980′s genre movies, ‘Highlander’ is the only that should be remade, it has dated badly in the last 25 years, and with the visual effects technology available now, you could really do an epic and timeless adaptation that is epic in scale but intimate in emotion, which Campbell can absolutely pull off, as ‘Casino Royale’ demonstrated… and do it as a one-off, not as a potential new franchise, that’s where the original went off the rails!

  • Tarek

    Highlander didn’t age very well indeed. But can’t we see new movies adapted from hundreds of awesome books that are laying on the shelves ? Why spending hundreds of millions on movies we know exactly what is going to happen in them.

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