Last year it was announced that a Highlander remake was on the way, with Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway hired to give a fresh new take on Russell Mulcahy’s original 1986 film that would lay the groundwork for a franchise reboot. Considering that the Highlander series had slowly descended into the depths of direct-to-DVD hell over the past 20 years, I don’t think anyone was too surprised by this move. The question remains though… can Highlander actually be repackaged and sold to a new generation?
This week Summit Entertainment has apparently found a couple of people who they feel can pull it off: director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz, who previously worked together on the last two installments of The Fast and the Furious series. Lin’s directing credits also include the crime thriller Better Luck Tomorrow, boxing drama Annapolis, and mockumentary Finishing the Game. Well, I guess if you want someone to update Highlander and make it cool and bankable, then Lin and Moritz are probably a good choice. I can tell you this though… there’s a pretty slim chance that their take on Highlander will be anything I’m interested in. What do you think, is this good or bad news? Does Highlander deserve a remake or should they just leave it alone?