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There Can Be Only One More: Highlander Remake

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 11, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 11, 2011 |

Is “there can be only one” really that difficult of a statement to comprehend? It does not say “there can be only seven” or “there can be only one more so long as we make six cents of profit.” And it certainly doesn’t say “there can only be one unless we can get the Fast and the Furious guy to remake the original.

It looks like they’ve really taken the Kurgan’s advice for this franchise, that “it’s better to burn out than to fade away.” Not content to have utterly run the concept behind Highlander totally into the ground, they’ve seen fit to toss the remake to Justin Lin, which is really the artistic equivalent of just giving up. Unless it’s an episode of “Community.” [scratches head]. Someone has checked, right? Is there actual DNA evidence of some sort proving that this isn’t two different guys?

Says Lin:

I’ve been working with [Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway] on the script. That’s one where Summit has been really good [about letting it develop], and for me, 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.

I have different projects at different stages. You work on so many projects all at once, and at some point, you have to make the call. I feel like right now, Highlander is in pretty good shape, but I still have to see all the other things come together for us to go make it.

MTV felt a need to claim that quote as an EXCLUSIVE (douchecaps theirs), which is about like interviewing a baseball player and printing the exclusive story that he’s giving a hundred and ten percent.

Just to be hyperbolic for a moment, this is exactly the crap that’s wrong with the movie industry today. What is Justin Lin working on? Terminator Five, The Fast and the Furious Six, and Highlander Six. Make something new already. You aren’t going to top the Kurgan. You aren’t going to top Sean Connery. You aren’t going to top Connor’s brilliant white sneakers and terrifying eighties clothes. Make something new. Come on Lin, be the guy who directed episodes of the best show on television, not the the guy who collects paychecks to churn out yet another shaky cam sequel.

(source: MTV)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.