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HIGHLANDER 5

Harry here... I've never been a fan of the HIGHLANDER series... It has always just missed for me. The first one has moments for me, and Connery is just so cool he's hard to not love... Same with Clancy Brown, but I was never a fan of Christopher Lambert's character... And other than that great final showdown between Lambert and Brown... with that gorgeous Neon... well, somehow it just didn't capture me... but I felt it had promise. At the heart of HIGHLANDER are some great ideas. Dealing with immortality in a world of mortals... How to set up an ongoing business in this world... I never could understand the motive for not... living and let live... You're Immortal. You can walk in the daylight. You can amass great fortunes... Why risk that so you can have an earth-shattering orgasm? Well, as I do with every HIGHLANDER film, I hope for the best... and expect what we've been getting the last 3 times out... Sigh... Here's the report...

I have some new information on HIGHLANDER 5 : THE SOURCE. It's common belief that Connor McCloud (Christopher Lambert) is dead - not so, seems he will probably be in the next movie according to the producers of Highlander : Endgame speaking to fans at the convention. "Lambert has SIGNED, as has Adrian Paul. as well as with Elizabeth Gracen, Paul Wringfield, and the person who plays Joe Dawson. Panzer/Davis have asked Timothy Dalton to play a role in the film once the script is written. Also Roger Daltry might appear in a flashback."

Producers via the convention claim that Christopher Lambert can "actually return for the next one - as long as the next film is set before 2002. In 'endgame' he was killed - but only in that time period. Producers were also mulling over the idea of bringing back Adrian Paul's love interest, Faith - depending or not on whether or not fans want her back, seems the vote was to get her back".

It was said though that Lambert will also be involved in a couple of other films next year, hinting that his role in HIGH5 might be small. Lambert told Deb's CL Site, "I am currently working on a romantic action movie called "The Piano Player" and I'll be doing my 4th movie w/ Russell Mulcahy in February it is a sci-fi thriller led "Absolon". And afer that I will be doing a French comedy "Janise and John".

Look out for HIGHLANDER 5...I'll be in touch when I hear more.

Nice Day,

Kathy.

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  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Ruining All those 'Firsties'

    by Obi-RonKenobi

    God, I always wanted to do that....

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:40 a.m. CST

    please god no!

    by Y282

    I was the biggest fan the first film EVER had, but to keep doing this just defies all logic. Christopher Lambert seems to be another one of those guys like Rutger Hauer who are so naturally cool they could have made ANYTHING, but just keep signing up for crap. BTW, just to get some hate going, does anyone think Adrian Paul should be the next James Bond? Not saying i agree or disagree, but I'd be interested to hear some opinions on it.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Either I way behind in my reading or that's the biggest cop-out

    by Toby O Notoby

    He only died in one time line? Huh? Can someone who knows a little about this series please explain this?

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:54 a.m. CST

    lambert

    by prince kamal

    The thing with the Highlander films is that, for me, I have a strange love for Lambert. He has this way of passing himself off which just appeals strongly to me. He's just as cool as a French/Scotsman/Whatever guy can be. With tongue in cheek, in the same way I love Roger Moore, I dig Lambert. There can indeed only be one.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Dear Lord, leave it alone, and oh yeah the bond thing...

    by Playkins

    The question should have been "Do we need another Highlander?!?" The first was incredible, the second shite, the third barely above crap, the fourth utter fecal matter, and the series just OK (after the first lousy season). C'mon- let it go. And I agree, A.P. would make a decent Bond.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Lambert will always rule as Fred...

    by METHOS

    ...In Luc Besson's SUBWAY. Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade as the Roller, and Jean Reno is still the Drummer Who Will Not Tell Us His Name. Can't wait for the R1 DVD release on November 6th. As for Highlander 5, I say continue it with Adrian Paul and Methos, but keep it the hell away from Dimension/Miramax. Best Wishes, Methos

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:20 a.m. CST

    They'll just do what they do with every single highlander sequel

    by HorrorBiz777

    They'll just do what they do with every single highlander sequel and ignore everything that happened before, thus Connor never died because Highlander 4 never happened. It gets highest vote in my book as the shittiest series that would have had great promise if it hadn't been made by incompetent morons. HB777

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Did anyone honestly like the FIRST one?

    by Cash Bailey

    Clancy Brown is the man, but that movie just stank.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:23 a.m. CST

    They just need to make the original and proceed forward from the

    by Critical Bill

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:55 a.m. CST

    I liked highlander when I was 14 and thought that because of my

    by McKenzieFrenzy

    as I grow older, many of my illusions of course dissapeared, along with any notion that this was a good movie.............say goodbuy to this festering corpse and spend mony on some substance.....btw if Lambert is an imortal.........how come he is still growing older?.....major inconsistency there, some people are so stupid.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Highlander films & Bond

    by Elliot_Kane

    The first Highlander film was utterly brilliant - or at least the European version was. There were two versions, which is why Europeans love it and Americans hate it. Anyway, the first film ended with no sequels really possible. If you watch Highlander 2 as a stand-alone film rather than as a sequel, it is not bad. As a sequel it sucks. Highlander 3 was one of the biggest wastes of celluloid of all time, and after that I just didn't bother with 4. Making a 5th in a series that should not even have had space for a 2nd is a total waste of time. They have all contradicted each other so far anyway, so expect no consistency with anything that has gone before in the 5th. *** Bond: the actor who plays James Bond must be believable as either a Scotsman or an Englishman, regardless of what nationality he really is. Adrian Paul is not, so would make a poor Bond.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Part 5 ?!!!!!

    by Bruce Leroy

    No, no, no, no, nooooo!!! Let this franchise die for god

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 3:45 a.m. CST

    For the Scots

    by Parallax

    You've got to make sure to spell "Scottish" correctly with both T's, or it looks an uncomfortable lot like "scrotish."

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 3:54 a.m. CST

    who gives a flying fuck

    by talkbacktornado

    this will go direct-to-video ... believe me ... I'm bulimic

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4 a.m. CST

    enlarged gord

    by Uga

    I just thought it was funny when the studio thought "Highlander: Endgame" really deserved the 2-DVD treatment. I laughed almost as hard as when I saw the "Bounce" 2-DVD set.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:03 a.m. CST

    by kdoc13

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Hey, Highlander Powers That Be ... boy, are you fucking stupid .

    by TrollPrincess

    What do we fans have to do to get through to you? We are sick and tired of you screwing up the Highlander universe -- AGAIN -- by casually finding a way to get around what you fucked up in the last movie. You want to know how to fix your series? Here goes, from someone who's been watching this series from the beginning. 1. No ignoring Connor's death. I don't care if you're going to show a story from before his death. He DIED. You killed him off. Learn to deal. 2. For God's sake, if you bring back Faith, we're all going to have to smack some sense into you. I don't know a single fan who liked Faith. Not a one. And why not? Because you took an established part of canon and completely crushed it under your bootheels. Again, learn to deal. 3. Try a plot that actually makes a little bit of sense this time. I mean, I know it's sci-fi, but hello ... sci-fi DOES have to make some sense. 4. How many times do we have to tell you? We want a Methos movie! Hell, make it a Methos and Joe buddy movie! I don't care! All I know is that I'm sick and tired of seeing that arrogant Adrian Paul asshole on screen and the ONLY reason I went to the last movie was for the five minutes worth of new Methos and Joe you granted me. And you actually asked a few fans what they wanted instead of magically imagining that they loved what you did the last time, you might actually make something that doesn't come off as a holy nightmare to most Highlander fans. *user exhales* Okay, someone point me towards the hard lemonades ...

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:09 a.m. CST

    There should be only one

    by kdoc13

    I really liked the first one. Good Concept. Great Soundtrack, better evil-guy. But while the first one (to me anyway) was great, the next movies sucked. The TV show was even worse. The third (Final Dimension) movie was just a re-telling of the first. And who's bright idea was it to get Sonny Spoon for a bad guy? I mean really? Didn't they ever see Solo? The tv show just bit, Adrian "I'm too Pompus for my Shirt" Paul and that little ricky dude. Oh my god, that has sucks written all over it. Don't get me wrong. I still love the first one. Here is Doc's idea on how to fix the series. First, Get Elizabeth Ward Gracen back. Second, let her grow her hair long again and dye it black. Then have her run around naked with a sword. There is something I would pay $9.50 to see.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Time line/period

    by Salieri

    I think they mean Connor's dead but can still appear in flashbacks (to time periods when he wasn't dead...). So I don't think they'll necessarily be ignoring the fourth film.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 5:38 a.m. CST

    The Philosphy of Sequels

    by moviet00l

    I've heard it talked of before on these boards, and it's a theory I highly subscribe to: If any sequel in a series of movies betrays the original, then the moviegoer gains the option to ignore it ever happened. Highlanders 2,3,4? Never Happened. The entire idea of the gathering left no room for a sequel, especially sequels as bad as those. Alien3? Absolutlely betrayed the journey we took through Aliens. Not a bad movie in my opinion, but sorry, Never Happened. Alien: Resurrection? Also not a bad movie, but picked up from where Alien3 left off, and therefore Never Happened. Conan the Destroyer definitely Never Happened. It's a simple way to live one's life, but ultimately has made going back and watching movies I loved more tolerable, because I never get upset that they were "ruined" by a bad sequel.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Highlander 5, I want to see it

    by TheTruth22

    OK, it's my first time posting and it's for a reason. Highlander has NEVER stuck to one idea, but if the producers actually listen to the people, they can clear a lot of things up. In H5, they can easily explain the events in H2 as a dream/nightmare that Connor experienced while in the Sanctuary. The 3rd one could have happened, but prior to 1992, so it could have been say 1990, and in between the end of H3 and H4 Connor's family is killed by Jacob Kell (after all, he's hunting down all of Connor's loved ones) or that Connor has to leave them for their own safety. I don't want to see Kate back, she should have stayed dead. Duncan can not have a girlfriend now, because in order for him to have other stories, he needs to be alone with no ties holding him back (giving Connor about 4 wives and a kid screwed things up, we don't need it to happen to Duncan; I also like the original ending to H4 with Duncan bringing the Christmas tree to the church instead of Connor, it tied things together nicely). I would actually like to see this movie set completely back in another time period that hasn't been explored too much. This way Connor can be around as either a major player or as a cameo. There is still hope for these movies, the producers and writers just need to take a little more time and listen to the fans. . .I'm more worreid about the new series. . .

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 6:24 a.m. CST

    "There Should Have Been Only One..."

    by GimmeThePrize

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 8:43 a.m. CST

    by Gislef_crow

    Of course they _can_ bring back Connor in flashback - they did it on the TV series all the time (Roland Gift and Roger Daltrey, primarily). The main problem with doing a movie, any movie, is figuring out what you've got to say, and then saying it. Did H2, or 3, or 4, really have anything "new" to say? H4 a little bit. The TV show, even for the weekly grind, had episodes where they were trying to do or show something on occasion. But unless H5 has something new or interesting to say on the human condition, who cares?

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Sad, Sad, Sad

    by Dracos

    I did like the first Highlander movie. I wouldn't say it was spectacular, but it is a better than average example of the sci-fi genre. what I *DETEST* though, is that no one in Hollywood seems to realize that "There can be only one" means there cannot be sequels, only prequels. Anyone who pays nominal attention to the plot will realize this. Another planet? Please. Highlander 2 is one of Hollywood's most blatant acts of lunacy, followed by 3, 4, and now 5. The TV series never should have happened, I don't care how they butcher the storyline. And, adrian Paul does not impress me in any way. What should have been done with this franchise is prequels, each focusing on a different character from the first film. How cool would it have been to see Ramirez (Sean Connery) causing his cool brand of mayhem in Egypt, feudal Japan, Rome, or Moorish Spain? Imagine Kurgan as a general to Genghis Khan during the invasion of Europe. I, and a lot of people I know, think that Highlander would have been much a better franchise (one that stayed true to the original work) if the films had been done as above. Such a franchise is a radical concept, and apparently one that the studios have yet to grasp. They continue to seem too busy fucking up the cool things they have made in order to exploit their own work. If da Vinci were alive today, would be selling velvet Mona Lisa replicas? I think not.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 10:21 a.m. CST

    ok, another sequel.....

    by Circuitfire

    Just as long as it doesn't involve clones............

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Lambert and H5

    by Neosamurai85

    You know

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:29 p.m. CST

    ???

    by Neosamurai85

    Does anybody know what that movie with Lambert and Ice T was called? I think I might actually want to see it again. Peace.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:34 p.m. CST

    There should have been only one.

    by Wino-Forever

    If that. I own the first one on VHS and have long sung its praises, but really, in retrospect, even that one wasn't very good. Connery and Brown are both cool, and I have a soft spot for Lambert. The concept is terrifically original and I thought it took courage to employ such an ugly goddamn actress as the (modern day) romantic interest. In these post-Crouching Tiger times, though, there's no denying that the fights are just murky, plodding, poorly choreographed, and totally boring. People who still get worked up about this franchise tend to be skinny white guys with greasy ponytails and patchy, ill-advised facial hair who wear trenchcoats with sneakers and practice some bullshit martial art like taekwondo. That there are evidently enough of these people to continue to make the films profitable is a little troubling, I think.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Highlander 5, The apology

    by Beeblebrox

    The movie should be nothing but a public beating of anyone involved in Highlander 2-4. Then make the rest of the film a screen test so Clancy Brown can get a decent job. (Although I really liked him in Earth 2) ZB

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:25 p.m. CST

    It's PETER WINGFIELD!

    by Goody2shoes

    Sorry. It's just that Methos is my favorite and I hate seeing the actor's named misspelled. But seriously folks, I am the biggest Highlander fan when it comes to the series. I saw the movies after I started watching the show and I gotta say, they're not all that. There're a few moments in the first one that I like, but it took me almost a year to watch the 2nd one, and that was the renegade, better (hah!), version. None of these movies seem like they're related to each other, other than the fact that Chris Lambert's in them. BTW, how can you keep this guy in the movies when he clearly doesn't age well? I mean he's supposed to be immortal and it looks like his choices were either this, or collect social security checks. Say what you will about Adrian Paul, but he still looks well-preserved after 9 years. I agree with TrollPrincess, though, a Methos-Joe buddy movie would kick but. They're the only reason I saw Endgame. I'm tired of whiny, self-righteous immortals who curse their immortality. Deal, or commit suicide. It'd be nice to have a character who has a been-there-done-that-I-just-wanna-keep-my-head attitude. While we're on the Methos subject, why was everybody tripping about that Kell guy being super strong because he killed 600 plus immortals? He was only around 600 or 500 years. Didn't it occur to them that maybe Methos, being 5,000 years old, might've killed just a bit more than that? That's even if he killed only one every couple centuries. And there's no way Faith/Kate/whatever would work if Elizabeth Gracen's in the next one. It would screw up the dynamics, plus an immortal cat fight would take away from whatever "plot" they're cooking up this time. Anyway, I'd love to see the franchise continue, but they shouldn't bother if they can't come up with a plausible, COHERENT, storyline that only core, cult fans would understand, if they're lucky.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hay! Wino-Forever!

    by Neosamurai85

    Watch the stereotyping! I

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Highlander 5 Connor McLeod

    by TheTruth22

    I too, like everyone else, get the biggest headache when trying to figure out Highlander in terms of consistancey. H2 did suck, because the "epicness" of the 1st one was lost. . .H3 was a carbon copy of H1, but the two movies did one thing. . .they made us (or maybe just me) come to love Connor McLeod and get to know him better. In "Endgame", I was truly moved and quite sad to see him die (his eyes telling Duncan "it's ok, everything will be fine" and Duncan almost crying and the bagpipes building up, very well done, very powerful). But I don't think that I would have felt that way if I had only seen him in one movie before it. Again, the 2 sequels to H1 definately missed their targets, but who can honestly say that there isn't one part that makes them smirk in those two movies because of Connor. . .and this is why he should return in a full role set before 1900. . .maybe have him find a new-born immortal who was bad from the get-go, rather than have the villian be around for a few hundred years who hunts Connor and finally finds him in modern times. . .just a few ideas, but please repsond, I'm curious as to what people think.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:30 p.m. CST

    These movies suck so much...why do this?

    by ewem

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Re: ewem

    by Neosamurai85

    Simple

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Good news

    by evilbaby

    The first "Highlander" will be released as a 2 DVD set in America by Anchor Bay next year and yes, there will be a NEW video transfer! By the way, the main reason will the sequels sucked? No music by Queen.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Who wants to film forever...

    by pmarq

    This series is proof that some things among us are truly immortal.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Panzer and Davis give cheap whores a bad name.

    by LiquidNitrate

    When are you guys going to quit beating this dead corpse of a franchise? The "laws" in Part 1 precluded any plausible sequel.

  • Sept. 17, 2001, 10:06 p.m. CST

    WARNING ALERT: " have asked Timothy Dalton to play a role in the

    by nixflix007

    And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, once again a case of let's sign all the stars and THEN worry about that other thing - uh, what do you call it? Oh yeah, the script. *Sigh* I wonder if this is how the last Highlander movie got made. Sign all the actors and spend a couple of bucks getting some hack to write the screenplay. What a crying shame, really, since this has always been one of my favorites.

  • Sept. 18, 2001, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Harry, let me be the first to say . . .

    by ol' painless

    that there are a whole lot of things I would do for an earth-shattering orgasm. And if some other immortal tries to hack off my head for the sake of having his own earth-shattering orgasm, and thereby depriving me of my own earth-shattering orgasm, indeed STEALING my earth-shattering orgasm, would legitimise my attempts to deprive him (or her) of his (or her)earth-shatteing orgasm. That's it. That's all. I'm shattered.

  • Sept. 18, 2001, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Vanisher had the right idea...

    by Huneybee

    Unfortunately it would leave gaping holes in my memory after I erased all the inane/bad/<insert other derogatory word> sequels I have watched. Does this concept allow me to replace the void with another more pleasant experience, albeit imaginary?____Bee

  • Sept. 22, 2001, 9:48 a.m. CST

    by happyhippy

    Call me old fashioned, but in highlander, Connor Macleod won the whole kit and kaboodle, and therefore, whilst the series was ok, everything else just sucked, specially endgame. although I thought the 'Featuring Edge' bit in the credits was funny. His one line was pivotal and exceptional(joke). and as for Adrian Paul for James Bond, i did hear a rumour that he was told the role was his if Pierce Brosnan turned it down when offered it for the second time.

  • Oct. 7, 2003, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Highlander 5

    by Samurai377

    I am a huge fan of the Highlander franchise. But like many other hardcore fans am dissappointed by the ignoring of the story and timelines from the various movies and series. I say that HL2 should have no acknowledgement whatsoever. HL3 was a good way to continue after the prize was supposedly won in the first movie. Endgame was good except for the fact that Kell simply chose to ignore the rules. Especially since it was basically a continuation of the series which had a few episodes that discussed the serious consequences for breaking the rules. I don't think Lambert should be in the next movie for anything except a flashback. And I don't think they should preceed Endgame, they should keep moving forward in time. That is my short opinion on the next HL movie. Now to quickly address Wino Forever's comments above. I like Highlander and I do practice Tae Kwon Do. As well as various other martial arts and boxing. I'd just like to say that per your comments, if you were standing here I'd beat the living crap out of you.

  • May 29, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

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    by Fico

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    actually

    by Fico

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  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Hello 2001, I am from the future.

    by notspock2

    This film turned out to be absolute shit. And you pretty much all saw that coming. Well done. However perhaps it's not too late for you to try and stop giving George Bush a second term, it really doesn't turn out well.