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Melissa Rosenberg’s New Gig

Submitted by on February 10, 2011 – 9:47 AM3 Comments
After taking on vampires in Summit’s Twilight Saga, writer Melissa Rosenberg is tackling a different kind of immortal being: Scottish highlanders.
The scribe is in negotiations to come on board to work on the studio’s remake of Highlander. Neal Moritz is producing the project, which offers an update on the 1986 movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Justin Lin (Fast Five) is attached to direct. Peter Davis is also producing.
The original story centered on a Scottish swordsman, who discovers he is part of a secret race of near-immortal beings and faces off against an unstoppable barbarian who covets the power gained from there being only one of their kind left.
6a00d8341c630a53ef013484270c83970c-250wiMelissa Rosenberg, one of the most successful female writers in the business, has a new fantasy assignment.  I’m looking forward to seeing how she revives a venerable old franchise.  I am a bigger fan of her work on Dexter than on Twilight, so I am curious what she does here.
After taking on vampires in Summit’s Twilight Saga, writer Melissa Rosenberg is tackling a different kind of immortal being: Scottish highlanders.
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The scribe is in negotiations to come on board to work on the studio’s remake of Highlander. Neal Moritz is producing the project, which offers an update on the 1986 movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Justin Lin (Fast Five) is attached to direct. Peter Davis is also producing.
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The original story centered on a Scottish swordsman, who discovers he is part of a secret race of near-immortal beings and faces off against an unstoppable barbarian who covets the power gained from there being only one of their kind left….
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(A)s the sole writer on Summit’s vampire pentalogy, she has proved adept at handling both character and action, as well as yearning, a key component of Highlander as protagonist Connor MacLeod watches his true love age while he does not. Before tackling Twilight, Rosenberg was a writer/co-executive producer on Dexter, the Showtime series that darkly balances family with bloody carnage.
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3 Comments »

  • Rebecca says:

    Why must Hollywood ‘remake’ movies? I know, it has to do with economics and marketing. Highlander has very strong followers (I’m one of them), and I don’t think ‘die-hard’ fans will be thrilled about this. No once can replace the ‘hot men’ of Highlander such as Christoper Lambert, Sean Connery, or Adrian Paul. That’s my opinion.

  • Laurie Hutzler says:

    @Rebecca– It will be very hard to replace Sean Connery! Remakes are tricky. Reboots are too. The new James Bond worked by completely re-imagining the character and story. I’ll be curious to see how Rosenberg handles this.

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