How's that Highlander reboot doing?
Well, it's still going, surprisingly. I actually thought that it might have been pushed to the back of the room as a bad idea, but it looks like that isn't the case and we just might end up seeing a new Highlander film after all.
Justin Lin has been talking about the progress of the film, after all he is the director, and it's sounding as though they're working the project forward.
He's been speaking about the project and revealing that the studio are still very keen on the project, and from what he's saying Highlander will be going ahead with an Iron Man (Filmstalker review) team written script.
"I've been working with ['Iron Man' writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway] on the script...it's about making sure that we can take it to the place where I feel comfortable and great about making it. I feel like I have a very good studio and team and we're working on it."
So there's not a great deal of news here, but there is something that we should take note of, the fact that the studio are still backing the reboot and that there are still two strong writers on the project pushing it forward, what's more is that Justin Lin sounds as though he's still very keen on the film and although he has tons of projects at various stages of development this one still sounds like it's a serious option on the list.
There's an interesting comment on the Pajiba article where they have a go at Lin for doing nothing but directing sequels in big budget franchises, suggesting that perhaps he's wasting his talents. I'm not so sure, perhaps he's cleverly honing them in an environment where he can develop his talents and is backed by the strength of a franchise that means his film isn't being judged by the studio so harshly as a make or break or an unknown quantity.
I don't judge him so much for that, if he can drive out good films in franchises, perhaps films that are the best of a franchise to date and change the direction of the series, then maybe he's right where he needs to be. Just look at Fast Five.
The question then is, despite this strength should he tackle a new Highlander, or rather should there be a new Highlander?