Briefly: Not too long ago Ryan Reynolds was nominated to become the new champion decapitator at the center of the Highlander reboot. He would theoretically be stepping into the shoes formerly worn by Christopher Lambert, who played a Scottish Highlander who learns that he is born of an immortal bloodline. The catch is: immortality actually kinda sucks, because it turns into a game of “watch your loved ones die.” Oh, and other immortals want to kill you in order to claim “the Prize,” which is basically an always-on universal awareness. (In other words: Twitter.)

Anyway, today has seen a glut of posts saying the Reynolds is confirmed for the role. But The Playlist talked to a couple sources which say that while Reynolds has been in talks, no deal is signed. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still set to direct from a script by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) with extra work from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

The reboot of Highlander, which Summit has been working on with various degrees of enthusiasm for the past couple years, is getting a new director. Justin Lin was signed to make the film, but walked not long ago. Now Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who directed 28 Weeks Later and now, four years later, has Intruders opening at TIFF, is in talks with Summit to direct the remake.

Update: This deal has been finalized; the press release from Summit has been added below. Read More »

Justin Lin Bows Out of ‘Highlander’ Remake

Justin Lin and his publicist are working overtime this week. The director has been doing a few interviews, and in the process dropping details about how he’s still working on Terminator 5, the fact that he’s got a sequence already prepped for Fast Six (or whatever it will be called) and the “ok, whatever” revelation that he turned down directorial duties on the fifth Die Hard film.

Now the latest info drop is that Lin has vacated the director’s chair on the planned remake of Highlander. Read More »

Earth is dying. In a last ditch attempt to keep humanity alive, humans blindly send an intelligent ship into space to raise a group of children hoping they’ll find a habitable planet to live on and keep the species going. That’s the set up of Earthseed, an award winning 1983 young adult novel by Pamela Sargent which has just been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Melissa Rosenberg, the writer of all five Twilight movies as well as the upcoming Highlander, will pen the adaptation and produce. Read more about the story and this deal after the break. Read More »

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This week, David, Devindra, and Adam praise the low-budget Ink, geek out over the new X-Men: First Class trailer, and try to remember what those Highlander movies were all about. Special guest Eric Vespe joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, February 20 at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, where we’ll be reviewing Unknown.

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It’s been years since we last heard about Summit’s planned remake of the 1986 cult classic Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. At the time Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) was set to direct with Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway working on the script. Well Lin is still attached but Summit must not have been happy with what Marcum and Holloway turned in because now they’re turned to their franchise maker, Melissa Rosenberg – who has written all of the Twilight screenplays – to rework the script. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Just a week ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige chatted with fans, expressing his love for female heroes and a desire to bring more to the big screen. He also enthused “I love Jessica Jones,” that being the lead character, a superhero turned investigator, in the comic series Alias (no relation to the TV show) and Pulse.

While we thought that chat was mostly devoid of real news, turns out that one comment was an indicator of things to come: Melissa Rosenberg, former Dexter showrunner and screenwriter for all the Twilight movies, is developing a show called AKA Jessica Jones for ABC. Read More »

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(Note: Spoilers follow.) For those of us who couldn’t give a toss about Twilight, there has still been some reason to anticipate one of the two halves of Breaking Dawn, the adaptation of the final book in the series. Specifically, there’s a fairly crazy scene where Bella (Kristen Stewart) gives birth to her half-vampire baby. Suffice to say that rendering the scene as it takes place on the page would finally put the series into actual horror mode, which has led many to wonder how it will be filmed at all for a PG-13 film. (Revisit Devin Faraci’s rundown of the book’s insanity at CHUD if this is all new to you.)

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has the easiest answer: don’t shoot it at all.

Speaking to the LA Times, she said, “On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are “It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!” For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.” Which is another way of saying “I’ll save you ten bucks.”

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As if we didn’t see this one coming, Nikki Finke has confirmed with her high up sources that Summit Entertainment will film the two-film adaptation of Breaking Dawn, the last film in the Twilight series, back-to-back beginning in Mid-October 2010.
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Summit Developing Three Twilight Sequels

Twilight doesn’t hit theaters until next Friday, and Summit Entertainment has already aquired the rights to the next three novels in Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire romance series. According to THR, Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg has signed on to pen the next two screenplays, based on the books New Moon (you can read the first chapter here) and Eclipse. A writer has not been hired to adapt the fourth book, Breaking Dawn.

The films themselves have yet to be officially greenlit, but I’m sure after the first film does monster business next week, it will only be a matter of time. Word is that Summit would like to shoot the next two films back to back, as they did with The Matrix sequels and Lord of the Rings trilogy.