Justin Lin is best known for his work on the last two Fast and the Furious films. He helmed 2006′s Tokyo Drift and this year’s Fast & Furious. Summit Entertainment has just sent out an official press release stating that they’ve hired Lin along with producer Neal Moritz to direct and produce their Highlander reboot. The studio previously hired the writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to pen the script.
As usual, Summit wants to emphasis that this isn’t a remake of the original but a reimagining. The first Highlander film starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod the Scottish swordsman and immortal being. The film spawned several sequels, and a popular syndicated TV show. Now that Lin and Moritz have joined the creative team behind the reboot, what will become of the old school Highlander we all know and love?
According to Summit, the film “will expand on the original Highlander‘s core mythology of immortals battling amongst us, hunting each other through the ages by tapping its newly minted creative team to take its re-imagination to new heights.”
The co-chairman of the studio Patrick Wachsberger stated, “Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.”
I don’t know about this. It sounds as if they’re more interested in creating a massive franchise, as opposed to an amazing screenplay to base it on. I don’t want Fast and the Furious intermingling with my Highlander mythology. It’s too much to take. I’m on the fence about this, what about you?
What do you think of Summit hiring Justin Lin to direct Highlander?