We Told You So: Justin Lin is directing the Highlander remake

Summit Entertainment has issued a press release, confirming our scoop from the beginning of the month that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is indeed directing the upcoming Highlander remake. If only the other news sites had picked up on our story!

It also reveals the identity of our now-implicitly-trusted source’s mystery producer: Neil Moritz (Fast & Furious, The Green Hornet).

The full release follows after the cut:

SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT HARNESSES FILMMAKING TEAM BEHIND FAST & FURIOUS FOR THE STUDIO’S RE-IMAGINATION OF HIGHLANDER

Acclaimed Action Director Justin Lin and Producer Neal H. Moritz Join IRON MAN Screenwriters Marcum and Holloway, Original HIGHLANDER Producer Peter Davis on Board

Los Angeles, CA September 22, 2009 – Summit Entertainment announced today that it has tapped the filmmaking team behind this spring’s hit film FAST & FURIOUS – director Justin Lin and producer Neal H. Moritz – to direct and produce respectively the studio’s re-imagination of the cult film HIGHLANDER. Summit’s HIGHLANDER is being written by IRON MAN screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Peter Davis, long time producer of HIGHLANDER, will also produce the film. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis – Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.

Summit’s 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. Plans call for the re-imagination to spur a new franchise for the studio.

“We are privileged to have this amazing opportunity to reinvent one of the great franchises,” said Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Summit Entertainment. “Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.”

Added Peter Davis of Davis-Panzer Productions, “Justin and Neal are an exciting directing/producing team and I am confident that they will deliver a truly dynamic film while being totally respectful of HIGHLANDER Legend.”

In HIGHLANDER, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize.

Justin Lin most recently directed the hit action film FAST & FURIOUS, the fourth film of the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. He also directed THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, and BETTER LUCK TOMORROW.

In addition to FAST & FURIOUS, Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner have produced a myriad of action films including the upcoming FLASH GORDON and THE GREEN HORNET as well as I AM LEGEND, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.

Lin and Moritz are represented by CAA.

About Summit Entertainment, LLC

Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

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Posted on September 22, 2009 at 15:08 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by arkonbey
    on 2009-09-23 at 10:02
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    Insert Standard Originality Demanding Rant(c) with Extra Profanity ™.

    Gods what a terrible idea.

  2. Written by genevievelopez
    on 2009-09-24 at 11:29
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    Iron Man screenwriters and the original producer = +
    “I AM LEGEND, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS,” “THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT,” “I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER” = —-

    …well, you can't win everything.

    A classic is a classic (even a cult classic), and unless you are going a wildly different direction to stretch your artistic wings and/or showing off the new talent, remakes are usually a baaaaaad idea. There are exceptions, and I could be wrong, but on the other hand I'm usually overly optimistic when it comes to movies.

  3. Written by wintemutenight
    on 2009-09-24 at 19:58
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    Dear gods, please do not let him cast Vin Diesel as the Kurgen. Please, please, PLEASE!

  4. Written by wintemutenight
    on 2009-09-24 at 23:58
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    Dear gods, please do not let him cast Vin Diesel as the Kurgen. Please, please, PLEASE!

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