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Summit to make ‘Highlander' into movie franchise

"Fast and Furious" director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz are teaming up again to make the successful "Highlander" series into a movie franchise.Summit purchased the "Highlander" remake rights from Davis-Panzer Prods. in May 2008. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who were screenwriters on 2008's "Iron Man," are penning the script and veteran "Highlander" producer Peter Davis will be producing. The project was first announced in the spring of 2008.According to an article on Variety.com, "Summit's plans to expand on the original ‘Highlander' premise of immortals battling amongst us and hunting each other through the ages. The new pic will center on an immortal Scottish swordsman who must confront a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for a fabled prize.'"The original "Highlander" motion picture was released by Fox in 1986 and starred Sean Connery earning only $6 million at the boxoffice but when went on to become a cult classic and a DVD sensation. A television series was later spawned starring actor Adrian Paul, which went into syndication in the U.S. in the early 1990s.A HollywoodReporter.com article delves into Summit's other ideas for the film, "Summit aims to turn the movie into an action tentpole. Studio co-chair Patrick Wachsberger, who has been shepherding the project, noted that Lin and Moritz ‘have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.'"