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|Highlander: The Reckoning|
|Directed by||Justin Lin|
|Written by||Justin Lin|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Preceded by||Highlander: The Source|
Highlander: The Reckoning is an American action-fantasy film directed by Justin Lin. The film is a remake of Russell Mulcahy's 1986 action film Highlander, which was based on a story by Gregory Widen, and written by Widen, Peter Bellwood and Larry Ferguson. The film is the reboot of the franchise that includes the original film, its sequels and television spin-offs. The film is produced by Peter Davis and Neal H. Moritz through Summit Entertainment.
In modern day, immortals walk among us, waiting for The Gathering when all will be drawn to one place for a final elimination to the last of their kind. To win they must take their opponents head, and with it their power. Although decapitation is the only way to win, there is more than one way to fight, as guns and rocket launchers and other modern day weapons enter the game...where Holy ground is the only refuge. Among The Gathering are two enemies over many life times...evil barbarian The Kurgan and the one known as...The Highlander.
On March 2010, producer Neal H. Moritz stated in an interview that "We’re staying true to the mythologies as a whole of the Highlander series. Now there are certain things between all the different Highlanders that conflict with each other, but we’re trying to stay true to the core of what we believe Highlander is and it’s a movie that’s going to be made for the fans of Highlander but also for people who are new to the franchise." He also expressed interest in incorporating the music of Queen in the new film, just as the original did.
A first draft script was leaked, and a review posted online. Producer Peter Davis, in a release posted to the official Highlander web site, stated:
In response to the review posted on CC2k, the script that was reviewed was a first draft. Anyone who is familiar with the script process will recognize that it is a long process. And anyone who makes judgments based upon a first draft is being unduly judgmental. The re-imagining of Highlander will be a wonderful film. It will be true to the canons and legend of Highlander while containing exciting new elements. We have great confidence that our creative partnership with Summit Entertainment will result in a film that will be true to the adventurous spirit of the original Highlander film.
Peter S. Davis
CEO and Founder
Summit is hoping that the remake will act as a starting point for a new franchise with two more sequels.