Like Twilight? Then you'll love who's behind the new Highlander

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

Highlander was one of the cooler low-budget genre movies ever made, and its premise—immortals who fight each other for a prize known as the Quickening—created one successful TV series, a few mediocre TV series and several movies we can only describe as "doubleplusungood."

Well, it's reboot time for Highlander, and it may be brought to light by Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the Twilight series.

Before those of you who aren't particularly fans of Twilight unleash your fury and/or bafflement in our comments section, you might want to consider that Rosenberg has been writing and producing since the early 1990s; her other genre work includes episodes of Hercules, Dark Skies and The Outer Limits. But she also writes and produces the critically acclaimed Dexter.

Hollywood Reporter says:

Wth [sic] her Twilight connection, Rosenberg may seem an odd choice for writing the action remake. But as 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.

Slashfilm reports that Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway had written a draft, but Summit Entertainment was unhappy with their work. So the entertainment company turned to Rosenberg, who has experience writing immortals and who has written screenplays for movies that have currently earned more than half a billion dollars.

Her signing won't make Highlander a guaranteed success ... but in Hollywood terms, it's as close as you can get.

Rosenberg is currently in negotiations.