Justin Lin Leaves Highlander Remake

August 12, 2011 by  
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Justin Lin, the director behind the suprisingly good Fast Five has abandoned his plans to direct a reboot of Highlander. No, he wasn’t beheaded under mysterious circumstances in a car park.

Apparently he’s decided that he doesn’t have time to bring another version of Connor MacLeod’s 500 year immortal journey to the big screen as he’s busy working on a sixth Fast & Furious outing.

But don’t rejoice just yet, Lin’s also got plans to make another Terminator film and apparently he’s already had a chat with both Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron.

Given that the Terminator franchise is already in tatters following Mc G’s outing with Sam “Plank” Worthington, how much more damage could Lin do?

Anyway, the script for Highlander is written by Iron Man co-writers Art Macum and Matt Holloway and will once again see a secretive group of immortals battling each other across history until there can be only one.

The original’s something of a cult classic and starred Christopher Lambert as immortal Scot Connor MacLeod, Sean Connery as an Egyptian immortal from Spain with a Scottish accent and Clancy Brown as the fearsome man-mountain, The Kurgan. It’s not actually a very good film but it’s a fan favourite – check it out if you haven’t seen it.

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  1. January James says:

    Shia LaBeouf, Penn Badgley or Chace Crawford as Connor MacLeod

    Mischa Barton or Blake Lively as Brenda Wyatt

    Mark Strong or Rhys Ifans as The Kurgan

    Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy or David Tennant as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez

    I hope in this new Highlander film series, they will include:
    Duncan MacLeod, Amanda, General Katana, Louise Marcus, Dr. Alexandra Johnson/Sarah Barrington, Kane, Nakano, Jacob Kell, Heather MacLeod, Rachel Ellenstein, Tessa Noël, Darius, Hugh Fitzcairn, Charlie DeSalvo, Maurice Lalonde, Anne Lindsey, Richie Ryan, Joe Dawson, Methos, Nick Wolfe.

  2. admin says:

    Good lord Shia LaBeouf would be awful! The role needs a bit of mystique and charisma. LaBeouf has about as much presence as a damp hand towel.

    Mark Strong would work as The Kurgan but Rhys Ifans? Far too small and weasley – it needs a big presence.

    David Tennant as Ramirez – that’s never going to work!