RCR Media Group has sent out a press release announcing they’re co-financing the Highlander reboot with Summit Entertainment and Neal Moritz Productions. For those unfamiliar with the premise, it’s about immortal guys called Highlanders who cut off each other’s heads until only one Highlander remains. Then he gets a special prize and a Queen song plays. The press release reports that Fast Five director Justin Lin is still attached, but keep in mind that his plate is filling up with other projects due to the success of Fast Five. Not only does Universal want to hit the gas on Fast and Furious 6, but Lin is also attached to Terminator 5. Does he want to make the first great Highlander movie (the original is campy fun, but not a great movie) or does he want to go to a film that’s likelier to succeed like Fast 6 or T5?
The press release also announces that Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) wrote the screenplay, but back in February we reported that Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg had been hired to rewrite the script that was originally penned by The Wibberleys (National Treasure) . Neither Rosenberg nor The Wibberleys are mentioned in the press release, which you can read after the jump.
In the alleged leaked internal Paramount e-mail outlining the studio’s upcoming slate, the word on the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was that the first draft was not good, that Paramount was “looking for another writer to come on this quickly as its a huge Viacom priority.” It seems the memo speaks the truth: according to Deadline, Paramount has hired Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to rewrite the script for the cool sum of $1 million. The studio is fast-tracking the production, hoping for a first draft by October 1st to enable a 2012 tentpole release. One source remarked, “The studio is looking at this as its next huge franchise, like Transformers.”
If that’s the case, they put the right man in charge. Ninja Turtles is housed at Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, heretofore known for horror remakes like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. I’m a bit cynical about this whole process, but if we end up with something on the level of Transformers come 2012, I’ll count it as a success. Easier said then done?
In sad news, Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Death Race) is attached to direct a movie based on swashbuckling hero of the 25th century, Buck Rogers. One of the quickest ways to make me lose any interest in a project is to say, “Paul W.S. Anderson is attached…” Whether it’s to direct, write, produce, cater, or anything, he takes properties that are out of his league and then brings them down to that crummy league he inhabits. In that league, you somehow make a PG-13 Alien vs. Predator movie that hardly has any xenomorph-predator combat. I want to say that Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway may be able to help, but I don’t know how much of their contributions ended up in that film and I don’t know how much of their script will ultimately make it into this movie. Oh, and it may be shot in 3D because that’s what audiences (read: studios) demand!
Buck Rogers isn’t the only classic hero who may be headed back to the big screen. Also in various stages of development Conan, The Green Hornet (starring Seth Rogen), Doc Savage (with Shane Black at the helm), The Shadow (Sam Raimi producing), and Dan Dare (the “British Buck Rogers” with Sam Worthington attached).
Hit the jump for a brief history of Buck Rogers. And hey, at least Frank Miller isn’t anywhere near it. [Variety]