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A Detailed Review Of The HIGHLANDER Reboot Script!!

Merrick here...
CC2K has a look at the HIGHLANDER relaunch script generated by writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (both writers on IRON MAN). Here's a sample of what's in store should this iteration move forward:
It isn't so much that the screenwriters (Art Marcum & Matt Holloway) are telling a different story, but that they are telling the same story in the wrong way. [EDIT] the original film it is implied, though never clearly stated, that the immortals live by a certain code and that part of that code is to only use an edged weapon of choice (usually a sword) in their duels. You never see an immortal pull a shotgun or AK-47 and unload on their opponent, then calmly woke over to take their head. Yet in the remake the use of firearms is not only allowed, it is welcomed. At one point in the script while Ramirez (MacLeod's mentor, played by Sean Connery in the original) is teaching MacLeod how to fight, he tells him to always become proficient with the weapons of the time, and use whatever is necessary to gain an edge. Later we see MacLeod employ a sniper rifle in the hope of catching The Kurgan unawares and dispatching him from a safe distance. This all might be practical, but by including this element much of the charm of the original film is lost.
You can find the whole review HERE! Lest we forget...

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  • June 4, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by Pancho_Villa


  • June 4, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    BILL is KILLED and we get Highland posts?

    by CobraKai

  • June 4, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE ... Article

    by chrth

    So why are there two?

  • June 4, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by ottomatic

    double post?Do we really need this?<p> no is the answer.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I'd assume they're taking their time...

    by ScottinDC

    David Carradine is a legend and there's a ton that can be said about his contribution to television (and to a lesser degree film). Give them some time.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    See, this is probably a bad idea

    by chrth

    Poltergeist I'm ok with as long as all you 'steal' is the mythology of the original. But here it sounds like they're reworking the original, and that way lies madness.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    i guess

    by jon pertwee

    grasshopper's trek is finally over

  • June 4, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    David Carradine RIP

    by Moffej

    Just emailed it in but yeah CobraKai called it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by Moffej

    WTF, Highlander reboot is already shaping up to be a huge turd.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by theplant


  • June 4, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Did anyone hear that David Carradine had died?

    by tonagan

    Has anyone made Kill Bill and/or Kung Fu references yet, with the occasional Death Race 2000 mention? Just checking.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Aint this remake news

    by barnaby jones

    you should rename the site. Fuck Hollywood is shit.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    First of Reboot. Don't explain reboot

    by shutupfanboy

    I have no idea why he someone to do a reboot by breaking its core rule. I have feeling now that Star Trek is a success that we will see more of these reboot ideas. The problem with this is Star Trek rebooted by keeping everything in tack from the original and when they did reboot they didn't piss all over everything for no reason.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The Charm of the original

    by twogunjames

    Rested on the shoulders of three actors who were simply lightning in a bottle. GOOD LUCK replacing them with a script that sounds like it could be WANTED2.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    fuck highlander

    by simondark

    weve got a deadman to think about

  • June 4, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    CobraKai does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!<p> (seemed like a fitting tb to say that)

  • June 4, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    How about we find out what happens in 1 movie what happens when

    by kingoflight

    Fuck the rest of the bullshit. HEADS OFF The winner is conner Mc cloud and he wins a cash prize of $40 and a coupon for Mc D's for life :D

  • June 4, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    There Should Have Been Only One

    by mercuryx23

    I loved the first Highlander film. It was one of the great films of my 15 year old experience. What I cannot for the life of me figure out, though, is when they decided to keep making them after a fairly definitive ending. And now? It's just a bunch of fearful ball-less hacks running Hollywood who firmly believe that people do not want to see anything original (and there is a lot of original shit out there) and the future of Hollywood is recycling the past. Now I know we're all supposed to love recycling, but this is ridiculous. The 80's were great for film because of all the original stuff. This decade will be remembered for the lack of it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Leave that shit for squint-eyed SCRIPTGIRL.

    by brock landers baby

  • June 4, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mercury, you speak true. Cinema in the Noughties = remembered for remakes.<p> And yes the original HIGHLANDER is corny, cheesy, silly - and a solid-gold classic.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Where is the Carradine TB so the jokes can start?


  • June 4, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    They should get David Carradine as Ramirez!

    by rev_skarekroe

    He's still available, right?<p>Right?

  • June 4, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Guns are boring

    by Darkartist

    That makes about as much sense as vampires and werewolves battling each other with pistols. Why make a character special, be it immortal, vamp or lycan, if you just slap a gun in their mitts and construct action scenes with that method in mind. Just make them ordinary humans then! Vampires are supposed to be scary because they don't need a weapon to kill you quickly and brutally. A gun won't take down an immortal, you still got to get in close to finish the job. It's actually very counterproductive and it takes away from the visceral thrill of watching combatants duke it out mano-a-mano.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    More News on Carradine

    by Moffej

    This man was a legend and it is truly sad that he is gone.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Gerard Butler for MacLeod? Bet your house on that bit of casting.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    and to keep in topic.

    by Moffej

    McG to direct the Highlander Reboot, then its sure to be golden right? (insert sarcasm)

  • June 4, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Carradine does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    First. To call Carradine a coward.<p> What type of fucking pussy takes their own life, leaving behind a wife and three kids to mourn them.<p> Fuck him. No respect for the man.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    They can't tolerate each others presence long.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Was that from the tv show? Either way it deserved an avenue of exploration. Some kind of psychic feedback was going on causing them pain. Most likely the source of the need to kill each other. <p> Fuck the remake.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by chrth

  • June 4, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Now get

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    Thomas Jane to star in it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Ten bucks says

    by Flyingcircus

    they go young with the casting and have some cheese-ass romance. I definitely see lots of cgi-wire fighting, gravity defying stupid fuck bullshit all up in this project.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I love how Carradine's agent said its 'Natural Causes'


    Ummmmm....hanging in your fucking closet is natural? For who-- Michael Hutchins?! I pray Kylie Minogue was blowing Carradine as well, when he popped/croaked.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Bill can't hear the grasshopper anymore

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    or something like that.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by CobraKai

    Yeah..there can be only hit the curb, bitch. There is a reason you had to use a hyphen. I've had this ID for years.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Moffej

    Come on, the news is not official yet. And if it is true that he took his own life then I do agree with you that leaving behind his family does not deserve respect. But I for one will respect the shows and films he left us with.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    It's stated in the original movie

    by V'Shael

    to only use bladed weapons. I don't think it's just implied. Just like the not-fighting-on-holy-ground bit. But these elements just survived from the early drafts where the immortals were angels come to earth.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    The Cobra Kai knock-off is a fucking child molestor.


    And he needs to be put the fuck down. Only one Cobra served with me in the Bale Wars. Only one.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Carradine- coward

    by CobraKai

    That being said, are dead on about David Carradine. Anyone who takes the easy way out is a joke. I guess Yellow killed the contract.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I have to admit...

    by Cap'n Jack

    ...I did like when, in the third movie, it showed MacLeod light a candle at his wife's grave on her birthday.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I'm going to step into the fray...

    by cornponious

    I've been a big fan of Highlander ever since it was released. I've seen it countless times, and always enjoy it every time i see it. And yes, i do own the anniversary edition on laserdisc. :)<p> That being said, i'd like to state my opinion on a few things. First, there should never have been ANY sequels. That's just a given, as they say in geometry class. The film was perfect, and it ended perfectly. Emphasis on "ended". <p> Second, there will never be another film with the combination of talent like the 3 leads in this film. ESPECIALLY Clancy Brown and Sean Connery. Pure magic. NOBODY will play the Kurgan like Clancy Brown. NOBODY.<p> Finally, the idea of using weapons other than swords for all the killin'. NO! There is a reason swords are used. It's so the immortals can face eachother whilst fighting. Mano a mano. Man to man. Face to face. Besides that, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the writers are changing this aspect of the story because they are eliminating the whole "decapitation" clause for the immortals. There isn't going to be any decapitation from a sniper rifle. Probably not anyway. So why else would they be doing this?<p> This talkback saddens me. Another great film is about to be raped and there's nothing we can do about it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    There are people who spend every day in pain, and all they have to look forward to is more pain. And yet they hang on to life with both fucking hands, because they know what a precious thing life is.<p> Carradine could have used his fame and fortune to help others - he could have forever changed the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands of people - but he strung himself up in a hotel closet. That's why I call him a pussy.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Thank you for defending my honor Danny and RKDN.<p> You get a lifetimes free entry to the dojo.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Sounds like shit

    by Bruce of all Trades

    I'm a pretty big Highlander fan, and this sounds pretty awful. I would've preferred a movie that did its own thing, changing the story of the first, altering or even eliminating The Gathering and The Prize, but still keep the essential elements of the Highlander mythos. Sounds like this movie did the exact opposite. Piss on that.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    And about Carradine

    by cornponious

    I sent an email this morning to Harry about Carradine's death. In the email I stated that it was probably suicide. After some more research, I don't think it was. It appears he was attempting autoerotic asphyxiation. The original article stated the rope was tied around his neck and his genitals. About 10 minutes later, the story was changed, stating the rope was wrapped around his neck and BODY.

  • June 4, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    RIP, David Carradine

    by blakindigo

  • June 4, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Cobra clones

    by Moffej

    Having had a friend that took his own life, I was pissed and called him all sorts of names. Non of that changed the fact that he was dead and in the same way as a fan of Carradine I am sad that he is gone. I don't think your wrong, I'm pissed at the man too, but still sad.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by CobraKai

    Am I real or am I Memorex? Oh, and yes everyone..I am a child molester. (ha) In fact,..I fucked the hell out of DGBD when he was 8 years old. So much so,.that his anus whistles when there are wind gusts.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by MartinX

    One of the things I specifically liked about Highlander was the even though the Kurgan was an evil bastard, he still played by the code/ honor system, or whatever. it was part of what made him cool.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Highlander Reboot= Re eaten shit.

    by jarjarmessiah

    Other than the first one, Shit sucked the first time around.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    the immortals were angels, the prize was going back to heaven

    by ironic_name

    swords are cooler.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by Blueponygt06

    RIP Frankenstein Bill and he didnt even get the courtesy of the Five Point Exploding Palm Technique...what a sad loss for all of us.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    autoerotic asphyxiation


    So it WAS the Michael Hutchins shit?!!! Fuuuuuuuuuuuck. Fuck. Is all I can say. I seriously hope it didn't involve any underage kids. Carradine seems like the old pervert type and its fucking

  • June 4, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Fake cobrakai = Gary Glitter

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Ban hammer please.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck you, Hollywood

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Fuck this remake. Fuck the Total Recall Remake. Fuck all your silly superhero grown men jumping around in their underwear movies. Fuck your teen comedies where 30 year old highschool kids "DIDN'T EXPECT IT WOULD TURN OUT TO BE THE NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES!!". Fuck all this. <p>Also: fuck all the 12 year old talkbackers who immediately start to shit on a beloved icon like Carradine, without even knowing what really happened to the man because of a quaint and unrealistic honor system YOU indoctrinated them with Hollywood. <p> Seriously, fuck all this shit. I hope you burn to the ground.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I presumed that the immortals had to decapitate their opponent in a duel in order to recieve their energy. Y'know up close and personal when everything goes electrical and the windows break.<p> The idea of immortals using a sniper rifle is shit, plain and simple, and the only way i'll go to see this film is if they resurrect Freddie Mercury and get him to record a new theme song.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Cannonball Buckman is dead.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • June 4, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Use of guns

    by mike1880

    Having the use of guns and other weapons included in this version of highlander might work if the immortals have accelerated healing factors. Basically making them all wolverine type characters. A bullet would not stop them, just weaken or annoy them a little. If its done properly, it might make a good action movie.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Hey :

    by PTSDPete

    I'm back.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by The 6th Conchord

    David Carradine!

  • June 4, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Kwai Chang Caine is dead. Good-bye Grasshopper

    by nerosday

  • June 4, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    in 2040, there will be 3 movies, remade every 4 months

    by ironic_name

    in the future, there will be only three movies, and they will be remade every four months, with younger and younger cast members. terminaytaings: begginage starring seth rogen the third as kyle reese, dakota fanning efron as old lady connor, and sony's fobo medical robot covered in a life cast of arnold schwarzenegger as the terminayta tha predz: starring sperm.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    What happens in Bangkok...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    Oh, well.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. David Carradine

    by PTSDPete


  • June 4, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Yup, once again AICN sleeps while there's news to report.

    by brokentusk

    This site is seriously lacking in the "breaking news" department lately.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    So is autoerotic asphyxiation really that good?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I've never thought about trying it before, but when someone as cool as Carradine risks his life on it, it's bound to be pretty fun.<p> To the Googlemobile!

  • June 4, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Well, Staham got his heart back from him in Crank 2 so.......

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • June 4, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I want to see a movie and halfway through it gets remade.

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa -- its good dude.


    Its really fucking good. The key is focus. You gotta know when someone is or isn't fucking around for help.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    "the immortals were angels" - really?

    by jim

    I've never seen any of the sequels (there was a tv show too, wasn't there) so it's news to me. <p>I thought that if they had to do a sequel and felt a need to explain they could say the Immortals are indeed immortal. When the last one, the winner, dies of natural causes after living his normal life, the game resets and starts again and they are all re-incarnated. The "winner" come back ignorant (another aspect of the prize, so he can have some semblance of a normal childhood) while the rest return with the knowledge of what they are and what the game is all about. That would explain why Ramirez knew about the game but Connor didn't - Connor had won the previous round.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Darkartist, AMEN!

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Just wanted to say I agree. Fucking Underworld might as well have been any action movie with a dark canvas to try and reel in other fans. Whole time I kept thinking, "Aren't these vampires and werewolves? What's with all the Bruce Willis action?" One day I will watch it again and hope that it wasn't as disappointing as I rememeber. I do remember some awful acting with some of the vampires. Anywho.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    there should've only been one!

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Guys, I'm sure Harry is going to write about Carradine.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    It takes a little time and effort to get the facts straight, think about his career and its impact on popular culture and talk with his friends and family. Sure, AICN could have just copied and pasted a news bite and obit, but you guys all know he passed. It takes a little more time to write something personal about the man. Give Harry a few hours to reflect, and I'm sure he'll write something worth reading. Rant over.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    big jim, that was the idea for the sequel, where they would make

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Danny and Stuntcock one day i'll tell my grandkids about the Bale Wars.<p> I know they'll never be able to fully understand what we went through. And why we fought. But that wont stop me from boring them stupid with old stories about White Vader, Black Zod, Aunt Beru, and our brothers that fell to the banhammer. Perhaps, just perhaps, the little shits will learn what 'professionalism' really means.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Thank you to everyone

    by whofan71

    for giving props to Caradine. I came to this site expecting to see it as the leading story...nothing? What the hell? I was floored by the news, as I'm sure all of you were. Oh, and for the record...Rebooted Highlander, where they use guns and shit...terrible idea. Complete shit. RIP, David Caradine. You will be missed.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    the big reveal about them being angels

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai -- pass the celery stick.


  • June 4, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Guns in Highlander

    by Moffej

    Terrible idea. Might as well make the immortals aliens from the future that chase each other around on hover boards...wait...

  • June 4, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai, don't forget the sacred documents

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    David Carradine commited suicide

    by OptimusCrime

    Rest in peace.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Sean Connery on Carradine's asphyxiation death.



  • June 4, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The Reluctant Austinite

    by ironic_name

    harry will write mostly about himself as a kid, and how he has Kain's prop hat in storage.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    ironic_name -- amen.


  • June 4, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    David Carradine!

    by BorisHumphrey

    Aren't journalists (even quasi-journalists) meant to have obits on file, ready to roll? I can't believe Harry doesn't have a pre-written 'David Carradine found tied up and dead in a Thai hotel room closet" obituary. CNN panicked at first, then just swapped in Carradine's name on their Gary Busey obituary.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    DGDB is very stoic.

    by OptimusCrime

    Which helps us all. But by the way, DGDB, its past time you got your site up and running again.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    It may be suicide but may not be.

    by Orbots Commander

    The AP article mentions a rope around Carradine's neck and body, so it could very well be accidental, i.e. auto erotic asphyxiation. RIP, Mr. Carradine.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    ironic_name does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Yours and conti's masterpiece will never be forgotten.<p> Pro-fucking-fessional.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    pink lando on the rocks in honor of DC

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The Reluctant Austinite -- I hope you're on payroll.


    Because you don't just lick the ass, you tongue fuck it.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Guess I should have read first

    by whofan71

    what everyone was saying about Caradine before I thanked you for mentioning him. Still, even though I'm sad, I cannot nor will not refute the overall sentiment I'm hearing from everybody. Just makes me wonder what a 71 yoa man in his position in life would have to off himself over. Recent bad news from the doctor? Drug problem? Guilt over robbing Bruce Lee of the role of Cane?

  • June 4, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    RIP David Carradine

    by Doggus47


  • June 4, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    OptimusCrime -- domain switches this week....


    ....we're just waiting for it to happen Brother. Keep checking back. <P>Soon.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Highland 1 and 1 only

    by donkey_lasher

    Never mind the sequels. That shitty awful series shouldn't have got past 6 episodes. <p> And Matrix franchise looks like gold comapred to this one.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Re: Highlander sequals or reboots

    by whofan71

    If "there can be only one.." then why the fucking sequals! First one was great. Everything else has been a travesty. This new movie will be no different.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    worst possible timing on this DC story:

    by ironic_name

    "Think you have what it takes to annihilate Kill Bill bad guy David Carradine?"

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    HighCarradine, er, Carrilander, uh...

    by DatoMan413

    Two post together so, two takes:<br><br>1. No reason to remake Highlander. PERIOD.<br><br>If Carradine killed himself, it's just sad. If he did it in some autoerotic ashpyxiation crap, then it's sad and stupid. Period.<br><br>End of sermon.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by OptimusCrime

    Will do.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    why can no one get this franchise right?

    by oisin5199

    It's still a great idea. The first film was fun and classic, but I'm actually one of those that prefer the series - especially when they got it right. Duncan McLeod was an infinitely more interesting character, probably because we had more time to get to know him - and even though everything afterwards was a misstep, I liked that they had the balls to kill off Robin...I mean McLeod's own hand. But damn, everything after that, the final season, the two movies, were terrible. People around here throw around the 'abortion of a movie' label, but Highlander:Endgame truly qualifies. Just every decision from beginning to end was wrong. And with Panzer dead, there's seemingly no hope for redemption. A remake is not the answer. The original film should be left alone. There should be a new story - or a complete reboot with different characters. Find a way to not paint yourself in a corner with the gathering, and not the cheap half-ass way this script does. Make the immortals mean something. Make the flashbacks interesting and purposeful. Make the Gathering mean something more than just a mcguffin. Get it right.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    that newspaper story gets worse: "Hundreds of artists hang out t

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Carradine > Bale

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Damn, we all want to get our Honzo swords stroked...but allegedly hanging yourself via auto-erotic asphyxiation in a Bangkok hotel room?!?<P>FUCK!<P>RIP, Grasshopper.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Oh, and fuck a bunch of HIGHLANDER remakes.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    There can only be one.<P>Feel free to remake any one of the sequels though - they were all shite.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    The wrinkle in the story...

    by Orbots Commander that the late Mr. Carradine was found in a WARDROBE with a rope around his neck and body. A wardrobe is where you hang yourself, not get off in. If it was auto erotic asphyxiation, wouldn't he have been found in bed, or over his bed like Hutchins from INXS? Who knows, but he may have been despondent over something; could have been medical news and an inability to cope with said news. <br> <br> God forbid I ever receive such bad news, but if told I had something terminal, I'd like to think I could handle it well, maybe go travel the world and bed many women before I kick.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    You idiots got your Carradine article

    by Bruce of all Trades

    So go talk about the guy in that talkback section.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    ironic, your links not working for me

  • June 4, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I just re-watched both

    by whofan71

    Kill Bill movies yesterday. Freaked me out when I heard the news. Just like (don't laugh, I know it's cheese) I had watched A Knights Tale the day before Ledger died. Hurmmm...if only I could harnass this power. Somebody get me a Jim Carrey movie, stat!

  • June 4, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Highlander 3 was quite fun.


    And the Carradine jokes are funnier in here.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Right on, ClockworkIrony

    by Darkartist

    When I first saw that trailer for Underworld and Kate Beckinsale drops from a roof, I was intrigued. Thought it was a direct rip-off of Wesley Snipes escaping from the hospital in BLADE but I could forgive it. It took me two viewings of the trailer to finally see past her ass in that beautiful skin-tight outfit. Once I did I was appalled. A monster that needs a gun is no monster. It took the teeth right outta that movie.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Just read they are rebooting COMMANDO. . .WTF!

    by Slippy

    One of the greatest action movies ever, and Hollywood is going to shit all over it. This is bullshit.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Benicio Del Toro as the KURGAN...

    by DC Films dream casting. read somewhere that they were seeking Mickey Rourke as the Kurgan - that'd be pretty great too. More realistically i see Kevin McKidd as a good Macleod and if he got his DOG SOLDIERS mate Niel Marshall to direct, then it's shaping up nicely (better than the rumored Stephan Sommers as hack director.... almost as bad as Ratner or McG - please God no). Remirez is hard to cast - how do you top Connery... Daniel Day Lewis? (dream on....)

  • June 4, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Carradine TB up now

    by DatoMan413

    ...oh, and piss off, bruce.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Darkartist - Underworld

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    It would have been cool for her (God yes she's hawt!) or all of them to use guns in the presence of humans at the beginning, then after the battle was "over" the real one begins, the vampires ripping open the humans for a quick fix and then have an all out brawl, then continue on after the reveal. Something like that. (If they simply had to use guns in a scene.)

  • June 4, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by ironic_name <P> [remove spaces] <P> or, if it works

  • June 4, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    Where the FUCK is his obituary?? Get a move on guys and show some respect!

  • June 4, 2009, noon CST


    by whofan71

    I'm with ya on the Michael Bay movies. Line 'em up! We'll knock him off. I'm willing to take one for the team.

  • June 4, 2009, noon CST

    Wait...let me guess...I've heard this music before...

    by Cellar Door

    "Remakes aren't bad and even if they are..and totally shit all over the original to such an extent that you want to punch a nice old lady right in the's just a summer pop corn movie dudes! I mean it bad that they changed this or that? Who cares? Why are you so obsessive? Couldn't be because you live in your mom's basement and have more back hair than a woolly mammoth?"<p>I'm surprised we haven't seen the clockwork moron anti-anti-remake bed-wetter crowd show up to defend yet another painful fucking of a beloved film property by those who don't seem to have any f'in clue much less reverence for the original material.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I mostly agree with the reviewer

    by Spandau Belly

    I'm fine with some immortals busting out the odd uzi or whatever but that ending??? Turning Ramirez into some joker and The Gathering into his unexplained prank? Yeesh. I actually thought this was a movie that could remake well, but if they keep that ending, then it won't.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by yiannis

    Don't take AsimovLives' advice on how to use your gift. He is prejudiced against the two men in question (ok, we all share the second prejudice, but that's not the point) and wants to use your talents for his own dark purposes.<br><br>If you really want to use your gift for the greater good, please watch every single remake Hollywood makes over the next few years. All those deaths will scare the shit out of the studios so much they'll start dusting off all the original scripts that are gathering dust on their shelves.<br><br>This one would be a good start...<br><br>Oh, and please watch Shrek 4 repeatedly, just to make sure you get them all. If you have any control over the gift, though, wouldn't mind Cameron Diaz surviving. I would say spare Banderas as well, but he'll probably only have two lines anyway, as there won't be any room with the new parts written for Miley Cyrus/Jonas Brothers/whoever the fuck else they've drafted in to keep the "teens" happy, and I guess the gift won't work on bit part players

  • June 4, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Cellar Door

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    (sniff) well, I'm sorry if I offended. (See my name has clockwork in it.)

  • June 4, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    That's so awesome, ClockworkIrony

    by Darkartist

    Now THAT'S the epic vampire vs werewolf battle I've always had in my mind as a child. The opposing forces would be slaughtering each other and anything unlucky enough to stumble across them. The entire battlefield would be strewn with blood and viscera and the conquering team would howl with victory. Then the winners would retreat to their lairs for a blood orgy.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Wasn't TV show the re-boot

    by :-o

    This would make it a re re boot. Indeed.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    Tell me more about the early draft - the angel shit sounds great. I guess Widen turned that unused element into The Prophecy movie with The Walken!

  • June 4, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Darkart - I hate to say but I think

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    WE'RE TALKING REMAKE! WOOOOO! LOL! Yeah, I hope someone comes along and does a cool flick without all the guns.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    "Who Wants to Live Forever?"

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • June 4, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Oh c'mon

    by luis1210

    the swords are integral to the story!!

  • June 4, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    "Who Wants to Live Forever?"

    by StatelyWayneManor

    That is what David Carradine would have said...

  • June 4, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Vampires can resemble humans

    by Darkartist

    But werewolves shouldn't. That's another beef I had with Underworld and lazy horror films of it's ilk. Monsters shouldn't act even remotely human, especially a giant hellhound. After they've turned that should be uncharted territory for a creative filmmaker. The way Jim Jarmusch approached aliens in BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET is the way Len Wiseman should've taken the werewolf. The slaver aliens in that movie had no concept of human behavior and it was thoroughly entertaining to watch them hunt down their prey.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Long time fan first time writer

    by nossieboy

    I remember a cool villain from the series played by the singer from Fine Young Cannibals who didn't give a shit about the rules. In his first episode he baited another immortal out to a car park and when they were about to fight a van opens and 5 guys pour out with assault rifles and blow the poor guy away the villain just walked up to him and chopped his head off.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Clockwork, our remake would have a better title

    by Darkartist

    Underworld has no charm. A vampire vs werewolf movie should sound as cool as the idea. Maybe something like, Fang-tastic! Okay, that's bad too but it's got more juice than underworld. What name would you come up with?

  • June 4, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Duncan still kicked his ass though

    by nossieboy

  • June 4, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Duncan still kicked his ass though

    by nossieboy

    chopped his fuckin hand off

  • June 4, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Darkartist - UNDERWEAR

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Oh wait, sorry, was thinking of Kate again. Let me think . . .

  • June 4, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I thought only BEHEADING would kill an immortal...

    by Crobran

    I mean...they're IMMORTAL - they can breathe underwater, McLeod gets stabbed in battle, he later stabs himself, Kurgon survives a near beheading, so why would a bullet kill someone who can survive all that? Isn't it stated that beheading is the only thing that will kill an immortal? Freakin' revisionists.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Why no guns?

    by DC Films

    The reason it should be blades only is not because that's the rules of the Highlander mythology - it's a fucking movie, not a religion! The reason it should be blades only is because that's what makes Highlander a little different to the other shitload of action movies. The myth is a tool, not a 'How to make a remake' rule book. I heard BALE was onboard - why not, he's in everything else! Maybe he could beg Chris Nolan to direct, or at least re-work the current draft.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Darkartist - how about these

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Sickle Moon . . . well, no - death reference works but not a literal moon phase, oh yeah - There Will Be Blood!

  • June 4, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by ThePilgrim

    Another needless remake. I lame the blame on the powerful hollywood mogul kids. These projects are coming from talentless hack spawn born of actual talent. It's that "The Royal Family Stays in Power" crap that's killing this buisness. They are born into it without having to earn it, without being right for it, and they continue to take the easy way. How in the fuck do you assholes live with yourselves.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    DC Films

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Agreed! After all, who wants to see Jedi and Sith sans lightsabers?

  • June 4, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    This is going to suck...big time.

    by Nizzuts

    That's all I got.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    So quick to draw your guns

    by nossieboy

    I'm a big fan of realism in such stories, of course they will use guns in this universe the religious types will be the first to get there heads chopped off after having there stomach blown out with a sniper rifle. bring on the powerful ones dodging or reflecting the bullets.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Commando, Shirt Circut, Alien, Predator, etc...

    by Raymar

    My eyes are bleeding.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    "who wants to see Jedi and Sith sans lightsabers?"

    by ironic_name

    me. Obi wan used his mind and made some noises to distract some stormtroopers, like how in crouching tiger hidden dragon, li mubai is able to defeat zang ziyee's character with a fucking piece of bamboo. <P> lightsabers are overplayed, and if they were a threat instead of a dull thing that we have to see.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    BTW, the series was very poor &...

    by DC Films

    ...If the remake doesn't utilize the original Queen tracks and Kamen score in an essential, consistent way, then forget about it. Think about, as well as 3 charismatic leads and a great story, the most fundamental aspect of the original's success was how the visuals, pace and soundtrack work perfectly together, driving things forward in such a way that you were too engaged in having fun to question the plausibility, or script. In this respect promo director Russell Mucahay created his masterpiece, a film that only he could have made at that time, in collaboration with Queen. And from that perspective the script is very much only half the battle - they need to find a filmmaker who can work on that visceral level. I don't mean finding just another promo director - that where the sequels went wrong. They need someone willing and able to experiment in order to give us the visceral thrill Mulcahay did back then. I'd suggest the regular Aphex Twins promo director, one time Kubrick collaborator and artist Chris Cunningham. Then give him free licence with the sound/score & visuals (but like i said, i hope it uses Queen in some clever, not just a nod, kind of way).

  • June 4, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    "How in the fuck do you assholes live with yourselves."

    by jim

    I'm guessing in mansions surrounded by enormous piles of money. <p>Sad but true.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    lightsabers are overplayed, and if they were a threat instead of a dull thing that we have to see in every movie, that'd be cool.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    was just trying to make a point. I get what you're saying, but Jedi without their fukcing sword = bullshit. I'm not saying they have to be turned on to be cool. Like a gunslinger doesn't need to be shooting to be cool, but fuck not having the gun holstered at their side.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Uh, yeah, Here's a clue idiot hack screenwriters:

    by Kid Z

    They're IMMORTAL. Nothing can kill them except having their heads lopped off. Dumbasses. Next up: revamp Jurassic Park except instead of dinosaurs, Hammond cloned a bunch of recently-extinct animals. Our heroes are menaced by flocks of dodos, carrier pigeons, and snaildarters.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    clockwork irony

    by nossieboy


  • June 4, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    How about these, Clock

    by Darkartist

    Skins and Sharp Teeth. My Mommy Is A Mutt. Silver Sunshine. Shit this is harder than I originally thought it'd be. Maybe Underworld was the best choice.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    son of a - sorry, Kate again. I AM - I mean this IS hard! WOOO!

  • June 4, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for Hollywood to start rebooting movies

    by RipleysPubisMound

    from 6 months ago.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    nossieboy - thanks

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

  • June 4, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I would rather see

    by nossieboy

    A mad Witcher film. I'm a fan of a Highlander reboot but this would be better

  • June 4, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Kid Z - lol

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Maybe ol' Hammond can clone us some fucking people in Hollywood who had original ideas!

  • June 4, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Flash Gordon and Highlander

    by enderandrew

    Both really cheesy concepts and cheesy executions that were really fun, and both heavily utilized Queen music. I've said for years that Queen made those films fun.<p>The TV show had immortals using guns from time to time.<p>I just don't think the concept is great enough to warrant a remake.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    TV series would be better

    by nossieboy

    with a large cast of characters throughout time. People will have there favourites with one immortal winning out in the end in the modern nights, by then they will be extremely powerful because of all the quickenings they absorbed.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    A_Clockwork_Irony, good point

    by ironic_name

    don't mind me.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    ironic_name - yours too

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    I really do get your point. We were just talking about different perspectives. Granted, I am like Homer Simpson and a chocolate puppy when lightsabers are lit! Lol!

  • June 4, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Lil LoLo

    the original highlander sucked anyway, who cares.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Clockwork, you mean you are biting the lightsabers?

    by D.Vader

  • June 4, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Can we get some actors who can actually act this time?

    by Breotan

    I didn't mind the original story too much but the acting (if you can call it that) was milk curdling bad. Oh, and wtf was with the decision to have a Frenchman play a Scot and a Scot play a Spanard. o.O<p>In any event, I suggest Gerard Butler as the Highlander and Benicio Del Toro as Ramirez.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    That "decommissioned church" trick

    by Adelai Niska

    sounds lame. It would be better if the Kurgan tried to do that, and then it didn't work and he had to pay some kind of price for it. Or, you know, not do that at all. And fuck the guns. Which movie was it where MacLeod was in a duel with guns and kept laughing when he got shot?

  • June 4, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Once you introduce the idea of gunplay into Highlander...

    by thedarklinglord

    You basically only leave yourself one of two directions to go in. Either swordplay becomes totally irrelevant, since, to borrow a Connery line from a vastly superior movie, only a retard brings a knife to a gun fight. Or, you have to go all Star Wars/anime and actually have the immortals actually blocking and deflecting bullets with their swords. And while a part of me would be fine with that anime approach, it's almost become tired and cliched, and it'd take a really gifted director to pull it off in a way that doesn't look fucking stupid or like more lame-assed, over-stylized shit. So, yeah, this gets an instant FAIL.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    bring back Russel Mulcahy - but they will fuck it up

    by shogunshin

    the problem is the original film is cool, so they have been trying to bring back that coolness since the first sequel. you can't get it back. who is going to replace sean connery??? and mccloud using a sniper? sounds like disaster already

  • June 4, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Adam Lambert & QUEEN can do the new soundtrack!

    by shogunshin

    just remembered rumors of Adam Lambert working with queen. this should be their first project! ha

  • June 4, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Whoa mama!


    This is terrific news! I love the Highlander movies. My fave is Highlander 2: The Quickening. Lambert is so hunky and heroic in that one, especially when he emerges from the fog as a young guy again and Virginia Madsen is all like undressing him with her eyes. I was all like 'Hands off bitch! He's mine!' Lol. I especially like the bit where Connor says 'Why, are you going somewhere?' He looks so cool when he says that. I used to say that all the time and people would be all like 'what the eff are you talking about?' but I didn't care. And also there's that bit where Ironside crushes McGinley's testicles. That bit is awesome to the max.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Sounds Like the Laziest of Lazy Ass Wrtiting

    by GeorgeLucasNeckPouch

    Disregarding all the other problems this script apparently has, I can understand the need for a re-do if you want to set up a Highlander franchise since the original film had a closed ending. However, the sheer laziness of these scriptwriters is astounding. Instead of setting up more immortals or just not saying Macleod wins the prize their new idea of leaving the ending open is having Ramirez show up and be like "LOL, j/k!!!1!" It's absolutely infuriating that these fuckers get paid for handing in shit like this when there are plenty of talented, original screenplay writers who can't get their work picked up.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Queen does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    dickbl0od fake = fail<p> Queen actually have recently done a new album with a different lead singer, it's got 3 or 4 okay tracks on it but most of the time you're just wondering what Freddie would have made with the material.<p> Brian May and Roger Taylor can certainly still play though, and a team up with Adam Lambert would be interesting (cos regardless of how he came to fame, he can certainly sing).

  • June 4, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    D.Vader - I think I might out of glee to see one!

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Test that bitch like a gold dubloon between my teeth.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Fucking dreadful.

    by Y282

    Whoever is writing this reboot needs it taking off them and to be made to go and sit on the naughty step and think about what they've done. All the heart and flavour of the original has been removed. Good job missing the entire point of the film.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The only way...

    by enderandrew

    The only way I'll see this if Zack Effron plays McCleod and Ben Stiller played Ramirez.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    And Ben Stiller . . .

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    goes up to a sheep and says "What's wrong little fell-" And the sheep bites his face off. Oh for fun!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Please Don't Do This


    The Original was a classic. The last thing we need is another shitty remake ala the fog.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by rfid

    You wrote: "I have no idea why he someone to do a reboot by breaking its core rule."<br /><br /> English translation, please?

  • June 4, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Does anyone have an original idea?

    by Giant Ape Balls

    Instead of rehashing stuff that was shite to start with? What's next, a Gigli revisioning?

  • June 4, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    rfid - It translates -

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    LICK ME! I'm kidding! Just wanted to have a MST3K moment!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Clockwork, lol at your Ben Stiller gag.<p> You know that might be the way to go - a Highlander spoof with Ben Stiller as Ramirez and Eddie Izzard as Fazeel (that business suit fucker he fights in Madison Square Gdn parking lot) would actually be way more interesting to me than a remake.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Highlander Could Have Been Cooler Than Dracula

    by ravenloff

    Everything about the original Highlander story and movie screamed of a pantheon that could have rivaled the vampire. And they totally screwed it up with the subsequent movies. I say remake the first one scene for scene with a younger, fresher, believable Scot. Then find all copies of the second and third movies...and burn each and every one of them. Nobody has ever answered this one did our protagonist become the last one and inherit the Gift if Mario Van Peeples and three other Immortals were tucked away in a Chinese cave?

  • June 4, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai - Eddie Izzard

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Dude, that would rawk! Izzard is cool. See, now this spoof idea is starting to catch root. But none of this "Ten Jokes About Ten Movies We Came Up With" movies, an actual spoof, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, spoofing Arthur. (The King, not the drunk!) Oh fuck it! Both!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    See, there we go again, using our logic. Haha!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    All I know is...

    by Kid Z

    ... If you have a character that's a eons-old ancient Egyptian, hire f**king Omar Sharif! If you're gonna hire Sean Connery, make him an ancient Scotsman instead.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    One dream!


    One dream that's all that I'm living for! One dream, over and over! Right? It's the song from H2:TQ you dummies! No, just kidding. You're not dummies. Anyway I hope they bring back Lou Gramm to do the music for this one.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    How about remaking "Debbie Does Dallas"

    by Giant Ape Balls

    But with the twist of Dallas actually doing Debbie instead. And Debbie is played by Vin Deisel. It's box office gold.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    And Vin Could Have His

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    balls reflect the candlelight. Ballshine!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Perhaps there is something wrong with me.

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

  • June 4, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I think some people are mis-remembering things.

    by Breotan

    Highlander was barely better than Deathstalker as far as production values, acting, directing, and pretty much anything else for that matter. The concept was cool as shit but the execution fell short. Connery was the only one of the bunch who could act and he pretty much phoned in his performance.<p>A reboot would be great but restructuring the "concept" behind the highlander mythos could be bad.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    I remember that last fight scene having WAAAAAAAAAAY too many edits. Close-up, long-shot, medium shot, close-up, now we're across the room! But it's been so long since I've seen it. I think I liked it in general, but that damn fight scene was early Bay-editing. (Oh shit I said Bay!)

  • June 4, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    hollywood to reboot my cock

    by greekloveropa


  • June 4, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    I remember when I first watched it, it seemed like it was really stealing a lot of structure and techniques from the first Terminator movie, although not nearly as competently done. I'm not sure now why I thought that. The flashbacks/flashforwards, perhaps, and the love interest seemed similar.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Remake ideas

    by Brian888

    Kevin McKidd as the Highlander. He's an excellent actor, can obviously do the physical stuff, and is Scottish to boot (take that, Christopher Lambert). Basically, he's tailor-made for the role. Ray Stevenson as the Kurgan. Again, a very physical actor who can do "intensely menacing" in his sleep, with a side of black humor. He's actually bigger than McKidd, which is necessary for the role. Plus, as "Rome" amply demonstrated, McKidd and Stevenson are fantastic together on-screen. Ramirez is more difficult. Twenty years ago I'd have said Omar Sharif. These days, I'm not sure. It would help if he actually looked Middle Eastern this time. Also, much as I hate to say it, Immortals using guns to stun each other before going in for the decapitation kill makes perfect sense. There's no legitimate reason why they wouldn't do that. The only drawback is that you'd have to be quick about it; as Highlander demonstrated, they recover from bullet wounds really quickly. A sniper rifle from a rooftop away wouldn't cut it (so to speak).

  • June 4, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by MorganLeafy

    you just have to drop the cynicism: Highlander is one of my one all-time favorite movies. Samurai-swords, Scotsmen that sound French, Spaniards that sound Scottish, jabs to the right-wing, the lovely Roxanne Hart (and certain parts of her anatomy), the lovely Beatie Edney, Clancy Brown and of course the brilliant Queen soundtrack. If somebody remakes this I will personally chop their heads off.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by MorganLeafy

    you just have to drop the cynicism: Highlander is one of my one all-time favorite movies. Samurai-swords, Scotsmen that sound French, Spaniards that sound Scottish, jabs to the right-wing, the lovely Roxanne Hart (and certain parts of her anatomy), the lovely Beatie Edney, Clancy Brown and of course the brilliant Queen soundtrack. If somebody remakes this I will personally chop their heads off.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    How come dummies who think they know better write scripts?

    by kevred

    Cripes, any ten talkbackers could come up with better ideas than these fools, yet we're stuck watching these trainwrecks happen in slow motion, unable to stop them (well, there's always Justice League).<p>"Telling the same story in the wrong way" is *exactly* it--as GeorgeLucasNeckPouch aptly echoes above, this is just lazy stuff. Is this some attempt at "realism"? It's just not *realistic* to have immortal beings walking the earth who can only be killed by beheading with swords--in *reality*, they would be vulnerable to bullets.<p>What? People who think that way should not be allowed to touch fantasy material. The logical end of that kind of thinking is to have all films be two hours of people sitting at a computer controlling everything by remote control and not taking any personal hand in the action (such as is increasingly the case with real-world warfare).<p>Personally I hate the idea of reboots, as it just waters down good ideas with mediocrity, but if you're going to do them, at least get serious, ambitious people to handle it.<p>But then again, reboots aren't about ambition, are they? Just the opposite.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    MorganLeafy, AMEN.

    by kevred

    I feel the same way and couldn't have said it better. Today's stuff is so self-consciously safe and "grounded" that all the fun drains right out of it. Who cares if it doesn't make sense? That's fantasy, and it's *fun*. We love the quirks, the derring-do, the bizarre and unpolished stuff.<p>I feel really sad for kids today whose film experience is so polished, precise, technically accomplished, and utterly empty of any soul whatsoever. Where's the joy, the inspiration in that?

  • June 4, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    I wasn't suggesting we use new QUEEN material, just the existing stuff again - it's still damn good. Plus there's stuff in their back catalogue which would work, as well as the 2 albums they did afterwards. The tracks 'I want it all', Was it all worth it, Headlong, Ride the wild wind, The hitman and Innuendo could have been written for a Highlander movie, but are as yet unassociated with Highlander. There's no harm in keeping that musical link to the original, which worked so well. Just don't let anyone do lame Queen covers! BTW, being a Brit i hadn't heard of Adam Lambert, so i just tubed him and he would make a fine frontman for Queen - just not for Highlander - it's got to be Freddie.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Why the sequels/this reboot doesn't work

    by Cinemanimetal

    The only Highlander movie made after the first that is any good is the anime. That was a cool little movie that told a new story about a new highlander and made good use of the premise (the highlanders fighting in WWII for instance). That was a fun simple highlander tale. The reason none of the other movies worked and why this reboot will not work is because the first movie ended the Highlander tale. Connor killed all of the other Highlanders and thus there was no more Highlander story to tell. I have often thought that it would be cool to do an epic Highlander trilogy reboot where they take the same premise (not even necessarily the same characters) and make a three movie long story that takes place through many many years including the present time. The third movie would conclude with the epic epic final battle of the last Highlanders. That way the studios get a franchise and the story would flow perfectly and not have to use a gimmick like the one at the end of this reboot script. There could be plenty of epic battles and wars fought as well as a good build up of characters and tensions throughout the many years the trilogy would span. Of course because this would make sense it will never ever happen.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    just read...

    by SunTzu77

    the entire review of the script. It sounds like utter sh**. Epic failure.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Unnecessary, pointless, and ultimately, bollocks.

    by BiggusDickus

    Count me out. Why not simply tart up the ropey special effects from the original, clean up the print, give it a THX audio polish and re-release it? <p>Or is that a bit too unexciting for the pony-tailed Hollywood nose-candy brigade?

  • June 4, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Mind you, it'll still make $150 million...

    by BiggusDickus

    You fucking monkeys just lapped up the astonishingly shite 'Wolverine', didn't you?

  • June 4, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    It is cool. I only wish it had been more of an arc instead of the same act over and over again. But I understand the point and certainly a cool watch. And damn , the ladies . . . well anyway!

  • June 4, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by DennisMM

    John Sayles, not Jim Jarmusch. Just saying.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Morons today deserve all they get...

    by BiggusDickus

    Someday soon, someone's going to suggest remaking 'E.T' or 'Close Encounters' and then you stiffs will wake up.<p>Or not, as the case may be...

  • June 4, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    kevred - Amen to you, too

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Technology is awesome, but we always have to give up something because of it. Today there are people who see Jaws for the first time and enjoy the hell out of it, but can't get over when the shark jumps on the boat because "it's so fake looking". Are you fucking kidding me? You can't just accept the awesomeness of this movie?

  • June 4, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    DC does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    DC Films, yeah now you're talking. That's a sure fire way to get the new Highlander off on the right foot.<p> Highlander title card, red text on black, and then the opening chords of Queen's 'I Want It All' blowing the wax from your ears.<p> Coupled with Conti's ideas we should make this fucking thing. Guarantee it'll be better than the shitsville script above.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Correction, not Conti, I meant Cinemanimetal. You freaky named genius.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    There can be only one

    by FalconJones

    There can be only one

  • June 4, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    'I want it all'

    by DC Films

    Just listened to it and the lyrics are perfect - like you said, as an intro song the remake would feel worthwhile right from the start. Seems to me that Queen had a lot of Highlander ideas left over after 'A kind of magic' album and filled up much of 'Miracle' and Innuendo with them. The guitar solo in Innuendo would fit perfectly over the final fight between Macleod and the Kurgan. 'Ride the wild wind' is great for a quickening scene, while The hitman is the Kurgan's theme. I'd even stick One Vision in there somewhere - perhaps on the closing credits.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by elwood_p_dud

    Is really all you can say to this. Who is the dumb cunt that greenlit this fucked up idea? Yet another shitty idea coming out of SC.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Note to Script Writers...

    by droids22

    You are about to ruin a great myth!! Forget about the guns instead focus on sticking to the original material, cause there's nothing wrong with it! They are immortal so why not expand on all the flashbacks. Their history is what makes Highlander so cool! Improve the dialogue, FX, etc...just leave the original story intact!

  • June 4, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Queen as we knew it is gone, so...

    by crankyoldguy

    Muse. Got it? "Time is Running Out," "Knights of Cydonia" (used in Watchmen trailers), "Stardust" and so on. Muse would be great for Highlander. Though damn, "Stardust" would work in a live action Green Lantern, black holes and revelations and all.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    And Hghlander with guns a blaze?

    by crankyoldguy

    D U M B. Guns used by some, sure. But for immortals, rapiers, broadswords, katanas, etc. So it has been, so it shall be. Thought the TV series was quite good. Too bad the two Adrian Paul movies (one TV-only in the U.S.) were sub-par. Killing Connor - bad idea. Seeing them together over the centuries -- great stuff.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Highlander sequels and Guns

    by Gislef_crow

    While there were no need for the second and third movies, the TV series did manage to add multiple good ideas to the mythos. The 4th movie was a TV tie-in, not a movie-series tie in. And the "fifth" Highlander was TV-related, but crap (action-drilling Duncan!). And at least a couple of Immortals used guns in the series. As for guns, the novelization of the first movie did establish that Immortals rapidly/almost-instantly healed. You could use guns: but as someone else noted here, it just pissed them off and slowed them down for a couple of seconds. If you can find it, read the initial battle between Fasil and MacLeod. Even electrocution only slows Fasil down for a second or two. You use edged blades because it's the only thing that makes the kind of wounds it takes them longer time to come back from.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, Man!


    This sounds like crap. It seems that it would be easy to expand upon the Highlander universe, but the writers they hire keep screwing it up.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Speaking of leaked preliminary scripts...

    by Gislef_crow

    Didn't we go through this when Abrams had his early-development Superman script leaked? So does AICN condemn or approve of absurdly-early-script leaking?

  • June 4, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Sure they are flaws in the H-universe, but....

    by crankyoldguy

    It's like expanding Trek as been; the more material you have, the more contradictions in "canon" and all that. Some things in the script look okay. But really, I'd rather seen a good story with Paul and some way to bring back Lambert, even if the resurrection is part of explaining why he looks "older" now. More people would buy into that, I think. But as with Trek, Buffy-verse, Farscape, etc. I'm a geek-fan for it when it comes to Highlander, even the bad movies.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    and of script leaks, if it looks bad...

    by crankyoldguy

    there's no reason to not say something. Even if it's a draft. The Abrams Superman script/story was TERRIBLE and fucked with Superman beyond belief, with no understanding of the character, legacy, etc. Unlike Kevin Smith's script, which w/ tweaks, would've been one helluva a summer blockbuster, no Luthor land grab crap, thank you. I've read the alleged (and it seems legit) Green Lantern script (some version of the one being shot for live action film) and it reads great overall, with fan shout-outs and more.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Well, a villain probably doesn't care about any 'ancient code' and will pick up a gun and shoot some idiot holding a sword.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    I got a fucking reboot over here. Over three feet of tempered Toledo reboot, folded over a thousand times, ready to take off the head of the fucking exec stupid enough to greenlight this shit. Gimme the fucking Prize! WHAT DON'T THEY FUCKING UNDERSTAND?!?!?

  • June 4, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Revisiting old properies

    by enderandrew

    I remember when Chis Claremont and George Lucas were talking about Willow, and they compared it to The Hobbit, in that it was just a prologue to an epic trilogy that was to follow. I think a competent director could revisit that universe. I think Claremont may have written novels since the movies never developed. But I don't know if they are any good.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, the Shadow War trilogy... I read all those (Willow's a huge nostalgia movie for me). They were good, not great. There are much better fantasy novels out there (Game of Thrones)... but if you like Willow, they are worth a read to find out what happens (some of it quite shocking).

  • June 4, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    Fuck this shit! GUNS are against the spirit of everything that is Highlander. There was a poetry and art to the sword battles. And what about the fantastic training montage with Macleod and Ramirez duelling on top of the cliffs? Bah. I suggest that in the tradition of 'McSpaced', that we refer to the remake as 'Lowlander' instead.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Should use chainsaws!

    by S-Mart shopper

    Like my man Ash.

  • June 4, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Zombie Hollywood

    by Forthesakeofhumanity

    Once again the studios resort to gnawing on their own long decaying carcasses for inspiration! I personally consider Highlander to be a slightly flawed but timeless (in the context of taking into account when it was originally made) very entertaining little film with a wonderful concept. Why is the modern studio system so desperate to regurgitate its old material instead of striving harder to bring more fresh ideas to the screen? Reviving these older movies with modern sequels/reboots/updates may in fact be more risky than simply taking a chance with something new - there was a reason those 'classics' were successful back in their day, and even with a few tweaks to make the story relevant/plausible in the 21st century, the moment may simply have passed at this point. I cringe at the thought of an "Alien" movie that takes place in a brightly lit 'modern' spaceship decked out like an Apple Mac where the crew are busy twittering each other on their iPhones, and probably posting footage of Kane's death on YouTube for kicks. Reboot your own asses ya uninspired Hollywood bitches!!!

  • June 4, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Higlander reboot: There can only be one

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and this time we really, really, really mean it.

  • June 4, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Remakes mostly suck. Since we can't stop 'em

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    give the Ramirez role to Clancy Brown.

  • June 4, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Soundtrack by Disturbed

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Princes of the Universe by Disturbed. Instead of a wrestling match Macleod is at a UFC fight.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    jeezus no!

    by ls420

    guns and highlander? well, thats no highlander, so call it something else dickholes. im soooo tired of this remake madness.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    We need a Gilligans Island Reboot now..

    by Supermans

    Screw Highlander, Gilligan would kick his ass anyday..

  • June 4, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    4 Movies, 2 TV series... let it die.

    by nexxus7

    For crying out loud. What in the world is going on in the movie business. The original Highlander was not even a hit, but found an audience via cable and video rental--and it was quite good. The sequels were atrocious. The TV series was moderately watchable until it got repetitive. The spinoff I don't even think lasted a season. Yet and still here come the remake dummies. They will waste a couple million in development dollars. The movie will be in the theaters for a hot minute if it even makes it there. But realistically the studio is not really expecting to make a hit. Here's the basic business model they're following > take a property with some name recognition and a core fan following (usually the young male crowd) > film a so-so flick on a relatively small budget to keep folks working > toss a cameo in > realize it's dreck so release it in theaters for a week or so spending next to nothing on marketing and where the expectations are maybe $7 - $10 million if you've cut a decent trailer basically showing all your money shots > expect the take to drop like a rock when word of mouth spreads and folks realize the slop they've been served up, but you still maybe have 3-4 weeks of milking out a couple million a week because there's "nothing else to see" > make some extra bucks in the pay-per view, DVD and cable arenas, and at the end of the day you've turned a few million in profits. Rinse... repeat. That's why you're seeing a remake announcement almost daily. Sure a couple of these will actually get a budget and serious effort and budget, but for the most part it's just trying to turn a quick buck before the audience catches on. I think there was an original idea in Hollywood, but it died of loneliness.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Great post, my man.<p>However, as long as there are sheeple (mainly in the 18-24 age bracket) who are too young to remember the source material of all these remakes and to fucking stupid to care, Hollywood will continue in the same vein.<p>So what if a movie only turns a $10 million profit? A profit is a profit, right? These studio execs are not real people, they're Ferengi entrepreneurs...

  • June 4, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Lowlander no thanks...

    by andrew coleman

    Two Hollywood hacks came together after IMBD for half an hour. First guy: "I found one! Highlander! That could get remade!" Second A-hole: "Yeah okay! But Wanted did well right? So why not make Highlander with guns!" First guy: "Brilliant! Now lets suck each other off!" I'll skip that flick thanks.

  • June 5, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    This one is going to be a big, stinking piece of SHIT!!!

    by Citizen Sane

    BTW!!! David.. and his father John Carradine we're both class acts, all of the way. I hope they both are resting in peace.

  • June 5, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    This will suck just as bad as

    by Spocko

    All the other Highlander movies after the original, which wasn't all that great either. But at least it had 007 and a decent soundtrack.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    It was never implied that guns were off limits

    by JacksParasites

    Now I agree that Highlander is all about the swordplay but villains used guns from time to time throughout the tv series, though ultimately they still needed a sword or other sharp weapon to behead their prey in the end. But the one and only rule was that holy ground was off limits for duals. And it wasn't made clear in the first film whether this was just something that even the most evil of the immortals wouldn't do or whether they couldn't do it by some sort of magical protection. But in future installments they've inconsistently done both. They've also bent the rule. For instance, I think I might remember an immortal using force to remove an another from holy ground or manipulating a mortal to force their prey off holy ground, etc. But there's never been a rule forbidding guns.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Supermans, Lost is gilligan's island.

    by ironic_name

  • June 5, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    gun and the series

    by filmfreak3000

    this is a horrible idea. It was a bad idea when it was used in the series, which, for the record, only a very very few immortals ever did it, it was most of the renegade Watchers that used guns and then beheaded immortals. Why can't they hire some fans to write this? Obviously these writers aren't fans, or they wouldn't be giving the Kurgan a lame back story, turning Connor into a pacifist wuse, or using fucking guns.

  • June 5, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    its odd that highlander never gets rerun on uk tv

    by Castiel

    come on virgin and sky stop with the star trek reuns and fire up highlander.

  • June 5, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    shittest thing in a long time:

    by Lost Jarv

    "Later we see MacLeod employ a sniper rifle in the hope of catching The Kurgan unawares and dispatching him from a safe distance. This all might be practical, but by including this element much of the charm of the original film is lost."<P> Immortals do not use sniper rifles. They know that they only way one of them can be killed is through decapitation- that's terrible.

  • June 5, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    I love Highlander 1, and I was actually looking forward to a reboot, as a franchise it could be huge. But this sounds like ass. Highlander is for me, what Star Wars and Transformers is to some of you guys. I don't exactly mind the guns if they're handled well, but motivation for the Kurgan? How stupid can you be? And where will they find another Clancy Brown? The man's smile is the reason why babies cry.

  • June 5, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    DC Films: Yes indeed.

    by V'Shael

    The core concept idea did eventually find its way into the Prophecy. (Great little movie). Good catch. <p>

  • June 5, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST

    There can be only one!.....How about there

    by southafricanguy

    should have been only one!? Has there ever been a more unlikely franchise than highlander? If ever a movie and concept was designed to be a stand alone one shot, it was Highlander (one of the best of the 80s genre movies imho..). Thus the simple reason why everything that has come after has been such garbage. Its impossible forit to not completely contradict everything in the first movie. And every thing that followed has all been about finding ways to circumnavigate the rules and conventions laid out in the first fucking movie. Just please leave it alone, the first movie has been tainted enough with all the crap that followed imho. Geez, when will all these fucking remakes/reboots/sequals/prequals end?.....thank god for Avatar....

  • June 5, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    v'shael, how implicit was the first draft?

    by ironic_name

    I never knew about the angel thing until this year, and it totally opened up this new facet to the story, one that I really like because it isn't explained by ramierez that "oh hey we're angels, just fyi", like they don't even know themselves, they just want 'the prize' [which I think was entry into Heaven].

  • June 5, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by Dazzler69

    I for one like Highlander rules. Swords only, can't fight on holy ground, decap only kills. Sense others close by. Everything works except for stories they crank out. Tv series was the only thing that makes sense since they had to stretch ideas anyway. Remake sounds stupid so far. I would just continue and clean up the storylines with a great writer.

  • June 5, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane = Christopher Lambert

    by dailysportspages

    MacLeod: Thomas Jane <br> Kurgan: Kevin Durand<br> Ramirez: Rodrigo Santoro<br><br> Thats good for a small budget version, like the original. <br><br> For a biger budget version you need bigger names.<br> MacLeod: Gerrard Butler<br> Kurgan: Dwayne Johnson<br> Ramirez: Javier Bardem<br><br> Although i doubt i will be seeing Bardem in a movie with the Rock any time soon.

  • June 5, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Guns?? Ugh - those don't belong!

    by VAwitch

    Are they serious? That's part of what made that series so cool - that in spite of being <I>knowledgeable</i> about the current weapons, amongst themselves they used bladed weapons - an anachronism that looked wicked cool. To have them using firearms against each other - just no. I'll go back and watch what's come before & ignore that reboot.

  • June 5, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    Karl Urban as Kurgan

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Maybe he got a few tips from Clancy Brown while filming... what was the name of that Viking/Indian flick? Seriously he's held swords in Lord of the Rings, Riddick, and the viking flick. Forget the damn tri-corder. Urban-Kurgan, even the names are similar. Karl Kurgan. Hell yeah.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    christian bale as everyone.

    by ironic_name

  • June 5, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    if the sniper rifle takes their fucking head off, I don't mind s

    by ironic_name

  • June 5, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    o much

    by ironic_name

  • June 5, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Ramirez? Brian Cox.

    by palimpsest


  • June 5, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I like Highlander.

    by alucardvsdracula

    It is a fun film.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I eat my own feces.

    by alucardvsdracula

    It is a fun thing to do.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Highlander is best enjoyed naked with a bowl...

    by alucardvsdracula

    of your own feces. Don't munch on just any poo poo when your own tastes sooo goood.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    And if you want to push the envelope of enjoyment...

    by alucardvsdracula

    Try all the above with a rope around your neck and cock. Trust me it will all make sense once you've tried it.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Try saying "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE"...

    by alucardvsdracula

    With a mouthful of turd as you shoot your thick semen all over the screen. And then black out.

  • June 5, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    it pisses me off but I'll still see it.......

    by Jazner

    I guess that's what happenes when you being in the writers of 'Iron Man' to write a 'Highlander' script. Just remember, "Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions" boys.... Bottom line: the swords, pariticularly the Samurai that Conner carried, was very much the "third character" of the piece. The swords were a symbol of the character and emphasized the aforementioned 'code' that they lived by. As long as the cast Kevin McKidd as Conner I'll still see it, but my expectations just hit the floor, not that they were ever atmospheric or anything.

  • June 5, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    YAH!!! Yet another remake! and this following

    by LabattsBleu

    the news of a Poltergiest remake! I am personally waiting for a new ET or Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Imagine how much money, er creativity, we can unleash re-envisioning Star Wars for a "new generation" or The Godfather? Why, we can re-envision Lord of the Rings in a few more years...<br><br>BRILLIANT...i mean why even try new ideas when we can recycle old ones?!<br><br>

  • June 5, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    terminator salv bombed hard. <p>

  • June 5, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    with this script...

    by SunTzu77

    all the highlander needs is an AA12 shotgun or a 50 cal sniper rifle. <p> <p>

  • June 5, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    dailysportspages you are a TOOL

    by Xian042

    Dwayne Johnson as the Kurgan??? Whats he going to give Connor the "Peoples Beheading?"

  • June 5, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The TV series wasn't too bad!!!

    by GreenRiver

    I mean, it had a certain charm to it. The concept was strong. And Adrian Paul was a great leading man. His charisma allowed him to carry entire episodes on his back, even when they sucked. The supporting cast wasn't bad either.

  • June 5, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    In contrast, the movies were terrible.

    by GreenRiver

    Even the first one is only watchable because of Queen, Lambert, Connery, and Brown. It's not some kind of classic that can't be remade.

  • June 5, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    This is bullshit in a box

    by benlinus

    Seriously, the original works on SO MANY levels. The music was fucking fantastic (who wants to live forever) The cinematography is epic (the wrestling scene in the beginning wit the lens flares; the cool shots of how the new world turns into the old world) Lambert absolutely OWNS this role. It would be like trying to remake ROCKY. Connery and ESPECIALLY CLancy Brown are both fucking outstanding in this. A remake is bad enough, but the fact that they want to remove the "rules" and allow guns. Why not just stick Glover and Gibson in this and turn it into Lethal Weapon 5??!! Im calling Shenanigans......

  • June 5, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    "I was saying Boo-Urns!"

    by Royston Lodge

    This sucks. Highlander is one of those movies where I don't think a reboot is necessarily a bad idea. It's a great concept that suffered in its execution the first time around.<p> But to reboot it with this kind of stillbirth bullshit is ... just ... wrong.

  • June 5, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    There can be only one.............Highlander movie.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nuff said

  • June 5, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Highlanders with firearms as weapon of choice....

    by NoHubris like Trek without star ships or TDK with no bat-suit or bat-mobile. If you reboot Highlander, you EXPAND and BUILD ON the swords and sword play rather than diminish it.<p>The creative team just needs to step back for a moment and come up with some new and imaginative approaches to the swordplay which surpasses everything we've seen thus far. It should be a very rewarding, creative process.

  • June 5, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane and Gerard Butler are...

    by NoHubris

    ...inspired casting.<p>IMO Jane is a cross between Christopher Lambert and TDK's Aaron Eckhart, while Butler, of course, brings the warrior heft from 300 along with the cool Highlander-esque/MacLeod clan accent.

  • June 5, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    This is not your father's HIGHLANDER.<p> Unless your father wore a kilt and carried a sniper rifle.

  • June 5, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Actually this is a first but I agree with every fucking thing that's been said by the posters in this talkback.<p> The one thing that none of us agree on is the lead story. The new concept. The reboot/remake 'with guns' version of a genre classic.<p> I've heard the Studio has a BIG budget to make this film. The potential is there. Watch BRAVEHEART. Watch DR ZHIVAGO. See how to do an epic film, spanning the centuries - make that shit happen. Pls don't give us an UNDERWORLD knock off. Please?

  • June 5, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    is its own knock-off. "I'm out of bullets!" "But you're a vampire!" <p> "Look I don't have time to explain we have to abort the mission." "But you're a fucking VAMPIRE!"

  • June 5, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    What the difference between

    by El Bicho

    a review of a script and a review of an allegedly incomplete version of a film? Other than where it is in the stage of production, I don't see a distinction.

  • June 5, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    fucking dumb

    by TheExterminator

  • June 5, 2009, 11 p.m. CST


    by BirdMcMonster

    DAMMIT. Stop fucking with cool old movies that are dear to us. Guns? Really? They obviously don't understand what made the Highlander interesting.

  • June 5, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Heard about the Bladerunner prequel webisodes?

    by ReportAbuse

    'Purefold' is the first product conceived by Ag8 and developed in partnership with Ridley and Tony Scott’s newly launched entertainment division Free Scott. Purefold is an open media franchise designed for brands, platforms, filmmakers, product developers and communities to collaboratively imagine our near future.

  • June 6, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Every Highlander has sucked

    by Dr. Chim Richalds

    I consider Highlander II to be the worst movie that I've ever seen; my brother bought the DVD from a bargain bin at Walmart and threw it in the trash after we had finished laughing at it. I also enjoyed how Highlander: Endgame actually recycles one 5-second clip from the final fight scene into a later segment of the same sequence (bad guy following after new Highlander in the metal factory where they're fighting). The concept is reasonably interesting and has somehow sustained the series despite the terrible execution. Another shitty Highlander movie can't possibly damage the series' reputation. So, I guess it's great remake material.

  • June 6, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    Dear Matrix...

    by marineboy

    Pull the plug now...I can't bear this virtual world we live in...can you just put me somewhere like the Playboy Grotto, or anywhere...please - just nowhere near this miserable reboot culture... Thankyou...

  • June 6, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    They just need to get it right...

    by DC Films

    Simple as that. No reason why a good script, crew and cast can't rejuvenate Widens premise, which has been raped since the financiers took over the production of the first sequel when they were shooting in Argentina and the dollar fell. Mulcahay is suitably still pissed about this - he refused to attend the premiere. The director's cut of it is still only damage control. I'm not defending the naive Alien planet concept, but i admire it's ambition to develop the story, rather than simply re-do the first movie. And even with it's many faults it at least looks like a movie - looks cinematic, thanks to Mulcahay. Everything since looks like a TV movie! Think i need to find a point to this rant... How about 'bring Mulcahaay back for the remake'?!!

  • June 6, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by pumaman

    The 1st film was seminal, brilliant and original.

  • June 6, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Let it Die, Please for the Love of God

    by Cobbio


  • June 6, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    No decapitations is probably for...

    by Outburst

    a PG-13 rating. No other reason to take it out, if this is true.

  • June 6, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by Lobanhaki

    <br>THE FUCKING POINT OF HIGHLANDER IS KICKASS SWORD FIGHTS.</br> <br>It's a swashbuckling movie. Immortality is just a way to make the swordfights more interesting, more meaningful.</br> <br>They're trying to sell this on a brand. But the brand is based on a reputation, and the reputation is founded on the craziness and possibilities of having swordfights in the modern world. Without the focus on the edged weaponry, it's at best a thriller with immortality to spice it up.</br>

  • June 7, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Whether we want a remake or not...

    by DC Films

    ...The fact that this talkback's still going show's the execs that there's plenty of interest in the brand, so it'll definitely happen. Hopefully this amount of interest will lead to them taking seriously and hiring the best talent available. I like the angel idea that was dropped from Widen's original script (and later used in the Prophecy. They're certainly making that idea run in Supernatural. Though they should just drop hints to it and not get too literal, like in the disastrous finale of the God awful Highlander Source movie. That killed off the idea of continuing with that cast etc, so we have that to thank it for. A remake is a better direction to take. Pls keep modern weapons to a minimum - use them to show how blunt and useless they are [against immortals] and no match for a good blade.

  • June 7, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by benlinus

    for para breaks <p> TEST

  • June 7, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    how'd you do that?

  • June 9, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Basically A Remix Of Wanted and Highlander.

    by pr1c3y

    If it goes balls to the wall and knows what it is it might be good.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    We'll know for sure when they announce a Director...

    by DC Films

    If it's a 'new talent', or a has-been (as with H3,4 & 5) then we know now to expect the worse. I'd like to see Mucahay have another shot, but doubt he'd except after they screwed him over. Maybe Neil Marshall could give it a go. I know Doomsday didn't have the best reception, but he's definitely 'balls-to-the-wall' and Dog Soldiers was a classic.