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Highlander remake to be written by Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg?

02.10.2011

From one group of immortals to another...

According to THR's Heat Vision, TWILIGHT scribe Melissa Rosenberg is in negotiations with Summit Entertainment (the studio also behind TWILIGHT) to take over the script-writing duties on the long-gestating HIGHLANDER remake. Rosenberg would be the latest to run train on the fantasy tale; it was first put together by IRON MAN writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway in 2008, and later by Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Sellek Wibberley (THE SHAGGY DOG, BAD BOYS II). Director Justin Lin (FAST FIVE) is currently attached to helm.

The original story "followed 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."

Heat Vision also adds that while Rosenberg may seem like an odd fit for the update, she "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." I'm not exactly sure that TWILIGHT showcases adept handling of character OR action... but okay.
Extra Tidbit: Rosenberg was also a writer on Showtime's "Dexter".

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5:12AM on 02/11/2011
This will have Gerard Butler in it, mark my words.

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
This will have Gerard Butler in it, mark my words.

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
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12:10AM on 02/11/2011

LOL

get the fuck out of here. this is so going to be like totally awesome!! if the only thing she could but on her CV is that stinking pile of horseshit that tell her to fuck off. I am partial to the JJ Abrams suggestion.
get the fuck out of here. this is so going to be like totally awesome!! if the only thing she could but on her CV is that stinking pile of horseshit that tell her to fuck off. I am partial to the JJ Abrams suggestion.
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11:18PM on 02/10/2011
I don't really know who Melissa Rosenberg is, nor do I really care if her biggest accomplishment is bring Twilight to the screen. But in all seriousness, if anyone out there should helm writing and directing a remake of Highlander...that man is JJ Abrams...nuff said!
I don't really know who Melissa Rosenberg is, nor do I really care if her biggest accomplishment is bring Twilight to the screen. But in all seriousness, if anyone out there should helm writing and directing a remake of Highlander...that man is JJ Abrams...nuff said!
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10:57PM on 02/10/2011
I am not entirely opposed to this idea. Yeah, the "Twilight" movies might be awful, but a lot of that comes from poor direction, shoddy editing, bland acting, and terrible special effects. The melodramatic script is not the worst things about them, and to be fair to her, she had terrible source material.

I am still thinking that this is enitrely pointless.
I am not entirely opposed to this idea. Yeah, the "Twilight" movies might be awful, but a lot of that comes from poor direction, shoddy editing, bland acting, and terrible special effects. The melodramatic script is not the worst things about them, and to be fair to her, she had terrible source material.

I am still thinking that this is enitrely pointless.
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8:58PM on 02/10/2011
...AND no Queen soundtrack...
...AND no Queen soundtrack...
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8:49PM on 02/10/2011
NO! NO! NO!
NO! NO! NO!
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12:36PM on 02/10/2011

marketing 101

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Dont put this article title on any marketing materials.
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11:42AM on 02/10/2011
Well, she did a good job on DEXTER, and did what she could with what she had on CRAPTLIGHT. And even though I don't see the need for an HIGHLANDER remake, as long as she respects the story and don't transform it in an emo-kid-BS kind of movie, I'll wait for further info before giving it a thumb, up or down !
Well, she did a good job on DEXTER, and did what she could with what she had on CRAPTLIGHT. And even though I don't see the need for an HIGHLANDER remake, as long as she respects the story and don't transform it in an emo-kid-BS kind of movie, I'll wait for further info before giving it a thumb, up or down !
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10:09AM on 02/10/2011
and my day just got a wee bit shittier
and my day just got a wee bit shittier
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9:25AM on 02/10/2011
[vader]Noooooooooooooo!!![/vader]
[vader]Noooooooooooooo!!![/vader]
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3:59PM on 02/10/2011
Leaked chinese version
"Do not want!"
Leaked chinese version
"Do not want!"
8:44AM on 02/10/2011
Nooooooooooo.
Nooooooooooo.
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8:28AM on 02/10/2011
She wrote some hella-good episodes of DEXTER, remember. I think the only downside about her writing the TWILIGHT series is she followed the books' dialogue, etc. *verbatim,* which is the only way those dang books COULD have been written, because if potentially paying customers -- sorry, I mean, dedicated fans -- don't like their beloved story being tampered with, the studio could lose money. "So, Mrs. Rosenberg," the studio said, "write these movies EXACTLY like the books. And here's some
She wrote some hella-good episodes of DEXTER, remember. I think the only downside about her writing the TWILIGHT series is she followed the books' dialogue, etc. *verbatim,* which is the only way those dang books COULD have been written, because if potentially paying customers -- sorry, I mean, dedicated fans -- don't like their beloved story being tampered with, the studio could lose money. "So, Mrs. Rosenberg," the studio said, "write these movies EXACTLY like the books. And here's some money."

So, to the point: will she do a good job with 'Highlander?' Probably; she seems like a good writer - and at least there's not a potential mob waiting to burn the naysayer who harmed their beloved tween series.
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8:28AM on 02/10/2011
(sorry, posted twice by accident)
(sorry, posted twice by accident)
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7:09AM on 02/10/2011

There can be only one

Leave the original alone, and do like I do -- pretend the sequels were never made.
Leave the original alone, and do like I do -- pretend the sequels were never made.
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7:04AM on 02/10/2011
There SHOULD have been only ONE!
There SHOULD have been only ONE!
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5:10AM on 02/10/2011
"There Can Be Only One" - the unspoken tagline to the entire 'Twlight' series.
"There Can Be Only One" - the unspoken tagline to the entire 'Twlight' series.
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5:01AM on 02/10/2011

What the fuck?

While I wouldn't mind a good remake of Highlander being done, I don't think Rosenberg is the one to pen the needed script. I agree that the first one is a classic, but I don't think it's beyond the need for a retooling. As far as an 80's action fantasy goes, I felt it could go a little darker. I would say maybe snag William Monaghan for the script, so you can be sure that properly fleshed out characters and good action could be brought to the screen.

I swear to god, though, she better not
While I wouldn't mind a good remake of Highlander being done, I don't think Rosenberg is the one to pen the needed script. I agree that the first one is a classic, but I don't think it's beyond the need for a retooling. As far as an 80's action fantasy goes, I felt it could go a little darker. I would say maybe snag William Monaghan for the script, so you can be sure that properly fleshed out characters and good action could be brought to the screen.

I swear to god, though, she better not write any Scottish werewolves in the movie!
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4:23AM on 02/10/2011
To remake the first highlander is a bad idea. The original movie is awesome and should not be disgraced. Unfortunatly the sequels to Highlander did that already, but I do not think that a new rebooted Highlander can be any good.
To remake the first highlander is a bad idea. The original movie is awesome and should not be disgraced. Unfortunatly the sequels to Highlander did that already, but I do not think that a new rebooted Highlander can be any good.
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3:55AM on 02/10/2011

Not too bad

But I wish she would go back to writing Dexter instead.
But I wish she would go back to writing Dexter instead.
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3:48AM on 02/10/2011
I prefer to think of her as "Dexter scribe Melissa Rosenberg"
I prefer to think of her as "Dexter scribe Melissa Rosenberg"
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