Summit Entertainment has announced Fast and Furious director Justin Lin is set to direct a remake of the 1986 cult-favorite Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert as Connor ‘The Highlander’ MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize. The remake will be written by Iron Man scripters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The press release announcing the remake says the new 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.
There is no word on when the production is to get underway, but expectation is to turn this into a brand new franchise.
I don’t know about you, but the first Highlander never impressed me, but I guess a new version could be entertaining… I guess… Perhaps this will be Summit’s fanboy franchise counter to their fangirl Twilight-dominated slate. Here’s the trailer for the original if you haven’t seen it.