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Published On: Tue, Aug 16th, 2011

Director Justin Lin exits ‘Highlander’ reboot

THR reports that Summit’s reboot of the 1986 cult film will have to find a new helmer, as the success of Fast Five led to job offers for Lin that are a lot more interesting than Highlander.

His schedule filled up, so this week he made the call to bow out of the conflict between sword-wielding, decapitation-happy immortals.

Summit wants to make the film soon, so we can probably expect to hear of a hire in the next few weeks. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were hired to script in 2008, and THR says their draft is still in play. Summit’s go-to Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was reportedly reworking the script a few months ago. That Marcum/Holloway draft may or may not be used, depending upon who is hired to direct. But if Summit does want to make this one happen quickly, it’s more likely than not that the existing draft will be used.

20th Century Fox

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