After the back-to-back success of Fast & Furious and Fast Five, director Justin Lin is on fire. But one man can only move so fast, and with Fast & Furious 6 and Terminator 5 moving forward at an expedient rate, Lin had to drop Summit Entertainment's Highlander remake from his roster.
The director had been attached to the project since September of 2009. Summit wanted to move quickly on the immortality thriller, but it just didn't fit into Justin Lin's full schedule. He will, however, stay with the project as an executive producer.
Summit Entertainment is hurrying to find a replacement director, with Highlander a priority for the studio. They desperately want to fill the fantasy hole that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will leave in their roster once it has played out at the box office.
"If I'm trying to figure out the formula of what people like, I would be chasing something that I don't understand. My whole thing is about respecting the audience and respecting the evolution of these characters-and they've grown and now the family is back together. And in many ways, some of the big pieces of Fast Six have already been discussed: I already have a 12-minute sequence done. I did it just as an exercise. I had it done before we were finished with Fast Five, actually. So I wanted to do that just to have it there and to be honest with you, I didn't know if I was going to do a Fast Six. I didn't know if people were going to embrace Fast Five and we were going to have an opportunity. But I felt like I really wanted to make sure that the last scene, which I had talked to Vin Diesel about countless times-I wanted to make sure that was done. So actually I boarded it, I pre-vised it, and I cut it. So it's funny, when we were in Atlanta shooting it, I already had the end sequence to Fast Six done. And that was what I wanted to work towards. Now it's like, "wow, people want to see another one-and we have a plan." It's a perfect relationship of the audience embracing it and wanting another one-and us being prepared that if that happens, we know where to go."