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There Can Be Only One Again... HIGHLANDER remake knows what you were doing last summer if you get my Tokyo drift...

Hey folks, Harry here with news that we all knew would be an eventuality. That's right, news of a HIGHLANDER remake. Now, I know HIGHLANDER has its diehard following, for whom this is a sacrilege, but I've only ever "liked" HIGHLANDER - and always felt it was slightly dim. It just wasn't nearly awesome enough to me. That said - I think we'd all be happier with surer hands than Neil Moritz and Justin Lin. Though, I like Justin quite a bit, Neil's projects thus far have been entertaining but slightly meth-inspired. Let's just hope they get within a mile of the awesome casting of the original. The film is being made at the TWILIGHT house called Summit, so let's see how this all goes. What would you do with a HIGHLANDER remake?

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I'd poop on it.

    by tonagan

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST

    I'd chop its head off...

    by jpdisco


  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST

    No Queen soundtrack = FAIL

    by hiperaktiv

    If this lacks the queen songs then it fails.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    And nobody will notice that it's a remake.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Just because every Highlander incarnation before was so completely different from the rest of the franchise, that it doesn't matter. I think the 4th movie is the only one that somehow works as a direct sequel, even if it's just related to the TV series.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    The anime was awesome (Search for Vengeance)

    by MattmanBegins

    Everything else is cheese. Although the first movie is very entertaining cheese.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Make It Present

    by McFlyWalker

    Highlander, as much as it dealt with "historical" flashbacks was an 80's film, given life by an excellent Queen soundtrack. If this is gonna be remade, have the Kurgan being gently nodded towards the worst serial killers that have never been caught through history, make the Quickening's responsible for power cuts & unexplained phenonomen, have a soundtrack by Muse(a modern day Queen) & have a Scotsman play Conner & a Spanish(speaking atleast) actor Ramirez....I'd go for Antonio Banderas for the latter, he handled a sword pretty well in 13th Warrior. But most of all, don't try & play it scene for scene......I'd personally like to see a trilogy, with the Immortals challenge shown through the ages, but I'll no doubt just have to keep wishing there.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Gerard Buttler please

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Oh no. Wait. They'll probably hire another person who can't do a Scottish accent for the first half of the movie. Hell, let's go with someone from France or Egypt. How about that guy from Avatar and Terminator: Salvation whose name I can't remember, who can't hold an accent to save his life? Yeah, he'll do.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST

    "have a soundtrack by Muse"

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Ooooh! Good choice!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    The original Highlander

    by Darth Fart

    Is a classic. The heart of the story is tragic. The protag is cursed forever, he will lose anyone he loves because he'll outlive them. To survive he must become an existentialism. What a tragedy.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Justin Lin

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Another mediocre filmmaker given a classic property to fuck up. Hollywood is in the toilet.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    There i was hoping that having the Iron Man screenwriters meant they were taking this seriously. How wrong i was....<p> From the totally mediocre Director of Tokyo Drift!!!!!!<p> And the Producer who screwed up I Am Legend with NON-scary CGI zombies!!!!!!<p> We're getting yet another shallow, whizz-bang-shite Highlander movie that should go straight to DVD.<p> With so much talent out there who would really give this a new energy in terms of narrative, performance and originality of the type, say, Darren Aronovsky might deliver, we get bargain basement.<p> These losers won't even understand how integral Queen's music was to the original. Without understanding this they won't be able to drive the story, let alone a franchise and we'll get a load forget-them-soon-as-hear-them rock tracks that leaves the movie as disjointed as the many poor sequels.<p> They need a decent, no doubt expensive band to unite the fragments of the sprawling premise. They should go for the likes of Unkle, The Chemical Brothers, or in particular Muse.<p> They could even recruit the newly invigorated Axel Rose (who expressed interest in scoring the first Highlander sequel many moons ago).<p> Or they could consider using only Queen again - there's plenty from the two albums subsequent to A Kind of Magic: Imagine the remake opening with 'I Want It All'... There's also the epic 'Innuendo' and fast paced tracks 'Headlong' and 'Ride The Wild Wind', and 'The Hitman' which is a perfect Kurgan theme.<p> Instead we'll probably get Christina Aguilera and Block Party doing a crappy 'Who Wants To Live Forever' cover :( <p> If Summit were going to get any of this right, they wouldn't have hired Justin & Neal (no offense to them, but come on!).<p> Well Summit will get what they pay and i won't be watching this crap in any form.<p> Missed opportunity Summit.<p> You suck!<p>

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    There are two movie OSTs that MUST feature Queen

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    1. Flash Gordon<p>2. Highlander

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Not just Queen but what about that awesome opening

    by Continentalop

    With the Fabulous Freebirds in a six-man tag team match? <P> That opening ratcheted up the adrenaline to 11. <P> Highlander is like Terminator and Escape from NY - one of those movies that just somehow worked the first time - don't remake it. Hell, all those movies I just listed had sequels that could never capture the magic of the first one - lightning in a bottle.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    This will be shit

    by The_Ad_Wizard_Who_Came_Up_With_This_One

    Creatively bankrupt horseshit - everyone knows it. I don't think that anyone will even try to make this any kind of good. But it will make X amount of money because people recognize the name, so it will be a success for the bean counters. Fuck you, Hollywood.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I have an awesome idea

    by Happyfat73

    ... They should reveal that the immortals all actually come from the Planet Zeist</p> Ugh... I still rate Highlander 2 as the biggest travesty of a sequel ever made. Man, I loved me some Highlander back in the day - it was one of my childhood favourites. Maybe they should release Russell Mulcahey from director's jail to direct his own remake. </p> Good call to whoever suggested Muse for the soundtrack. I just picked up their new album and there's one song on there that is a complete Queen tribute/rip off.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Remake Highlander 2 instead.

    by TheNorthlander

    And remove every reference to Highlander mythology. Let it just be it's own stand alone science fiction movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    I am stilling waiting for the Citizen Kane and Casablanca

    by ominus

    remake.u hear me Holywood?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Highlander is a Karate Kid ripoff

    by ominus

    u hear me media messiah? it has the same story structure,so it is a ripoff.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIG otWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    by RaveX

    3. Shaun Of The Dead

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by filmfreak3000

    Ramirez wasn't Spanish, he was Egyptian. Ewan McGregor could be a great Connor, but not if they're taking this thing the direction of the script review that was floating around.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I thought Ramizez was scottish? oh wait

    by ominus

    a french playing a scottish and a scottish playing an egyptian who was playing a spanish.great.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST


    by McFlyWalker

    Ramirez was indeed Egyptian & it was not known how long he had lived in Spain...hence my choice of Antonio Banderas, who played an Arab in 13th Warrior....quite convincingly too I thought. The biggest trick will be getting the Kurgan right....can't see Clancy Brown's being beat!!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Not interested. But Gerard Butler is a great idea.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    the SFX on the original are very dated now

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Plus Sean Connery's performance can never be replaced.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    that script review made me really nervous

    by Spandau Belly

    I didn't like the idea of basically remaking the first one but putting in a twist cliffhanger at the end to allow for sequels. If they have to make this a series they should have it lead up to The Gathering and have the original film's story be the last film in the new series.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    better to burn out...

    by just pillow talk

    than fade away.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane should be Conner

    by br1947

    He's starting to look alot like Christopher Lambert the older he gets. But the real question, who will play the Kurgan?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Hardcore violent headlobbing Claymore sword action.

    by wowsah156

    Seriously what the hell was the japanese swords all about?! CLAYMORES!! Big scary muthfuckin Claymores chopping off heads please. The fight scenes were too sterlie and tame to seel the idea that the clansman could fight. The remake will need to have braveheart style battle scens that dont hide the ugliness of using a claymore on a battlefield. and when that is transferred to the 21st century KEEP the CLAYMORE in the fight scenes . Get the fight co ordiantor from braveheart to do the fight/sword scenes. Oh agreed on the gerald butler points. He is Glaswegain born and he is born to play Macleod.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane isn't Christopher Lambert?

    by Bouncy X

    i forget what movie but a few years back Jane did something and i was SURE it was Lambert based on trailers and stuff. then i watched the movie and was on the fence but leaning more towards yes so i actually went online to find out. but yeah, they look so alike i'm surprised they aren't related.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    ominus - Casablanca remake

    by spud mcspud

    You already got one back in 1996 - BARB WIRE.<P> Yes, seriously. Pamela Anderson is Bogey, Temeura Morrison is Lauren Bacall, and Xander Berkeley is the dodgy Italian cop. It even ENDS with the same scene - heading for a plane at an airport, with the papers / contact lenses, heading for the Resistance underground.<P> BARB WIRE is a whole other movie when you watch it like THAT... ;D

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play the Kurgan!

    by BatPsycho

    he can pull it off. And Thomas Jane as Conner or some variation of that roll would be awesome too.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    No QUEEN? No decent Scottish actor (Butler perhaps) playing Macleod? And what's the betting that they'll adhere to that stupid fucking "mythos" with Duncan MacLeod and the shit sequels??<P> But at least it can't be as bad as THE SOURCE. Just... UGH.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    as long as they keep "PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE" song

    by Mike_D

    then im cool with it

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    yea, definately need TJ as Conner, setup an ending

    by br1947

    He wins the prize and is allowed to grow old, final scene is Christopher Lambert telling his story to someone. It'd be a nice nod to the original.<br><br>Although I like Butler because of the accent, you're talking about a character that has lived hundreds of years all over the world, he most likely would have a very neutral accent.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Benicio Del Toro as The KURGAN

    by DC Films

    Or, Tom Hardy, who was bloody scary in BRONSON

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    We all agree, Thomas Jane... right?

    by dailysportspages

    Sure, optimally you want a Scot in there, right? And who better than big brawny Gerard Butler.<br> But if they go with the standard route and try to get a guy that looks like the previous guy... then there can be only one! <br> As far as Ramirez... im pretty sure they will go for someone like Rodrigo Santoro. Being a Brazilian he can pass for Spanish or Egyptian... and Persian apparently.<br> It would be pretty awesome to reunite the cast from 300. <br> But lets go another route...<br><br> McCloud: Thomas Jane <br> Ramirez: Javier Bardem<br> Kurgan: Vin Diesel<br><br> Cmon, Vin's career isnt what it used to be, he can be the second banana... or in this case third.<br> How big a deal would the movie be if the cast was more...<br><br> McCloud: Gerard Butler<br> Ramirez: Javier Bardem<br> Kurgan: Dwayne Johnson<br><br> That would bring in a lot of star power that would get the movie over with the regular public.<br><br> But if i had my wish it would be more like a Rome reunion....<br><br> McCloud: Kevin McKidd <br> Kurgan: Ray Stevenson <br> Ramirez: James Purefoy <br> <br> :)

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    he cares too much about these mortals!

    by TheManWhoCan

    This production already sounds like shit and they haven’t shot a single frame yet! Hollywood’s all about ‘who you know’ and NOTHING to do with talent! Actors inherit careers from their parents/aunts/uncles the same goes for producers and directors. It’s fucking scary. This movie is going to be aimed at a specific audience (the undemanding type that would go see Gamer and think is clever). The production money will be embezzled by all the ‘jobs for the boys’ effect houses and advertising creeps that will change a small fortune for mediocre effects that we have seen a million times. I love highlander. The first movie and the mythology were an amazing concept. With so many stories too tell within its universe. Despite this “they” WILL fuck this up big time. Gerrrr so angry trying---not ----to ----loose---- my -------head!!!!! (head falls off spraying electricity everywhere)

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Original film's Un-shot ending:

    by DC Films

    In the script, after Connor lobs off Kurgan's head the quickening that comes out was to turn into a monster that Connor must continue to fight. <p>They couldn't afford it and we got what we got (why didn't they remove the embarrassing harness lines for the Blu Ray ???

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    A M B I G U I T Y

    by The_Warrior_Poet

    The biggest problem with Highlander was ambiguity. Why immortal? Why only one? What happens in the end? You can't skirt those questions forever. So my vision for a prequel franchise would space out the lead-up to "the gathering" and have that be in the final movie, however many there are. Have the first movie be completely story driven; a story that has nothing to do with the mythology. The bridge to film #2 will be the discovery of this thing called "the gathering" and the hero's possible participation in it. The first movie should be about a guy who's immortal and very much resemble the best parts of a vampire's story, namely his journey throughout history. Ah, fuck it, it's not like anyone influential is reading this. Hey Justin Lin, just hire me to write the script, okay?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Queen: "I WANT IT ALL'

    by DC Films

    That should start the movie.<p>There's plenty of Queen material from there Miracle & Innuendo albums to score the movie without rehashing the original's score.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Who am I kidding?

    by The_Warrior_Poet

    They're gonna make Vin Diesel "The Kurgan", Paul Walker will be Richie Ryan from the TV show, and there's gonna be at least one slow-motion shot of a woman's ass in booty shorts strutting through a parking garage that doubles as a Hot Import Nights venue.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Ambiguity = Good, at least in this film

    by br1947

    Everything doesn't need an explanation. It worked perfectly in Highlander 1 (and more or less in the series as well). When they tried to explain it... you got Highlander 2

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Totally agree about the ambiguity

    by Bobman46

    As the whole "other planet" bullshit almost ruined the first one. Also, seriously. No.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    And ironically, there SHOULD only have been one

    by Bobman46

    The other movies and the TV show were a joke

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Weren't the Project Grrenlight Dorks supposed to write this??

    by daniel_larussos_gonna_fight

    I wonder what ever happened to that whole thing...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale as Conner!!


    Liam Neeson as Ramirez!!! <p> The thing practically writes itself...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Alexander Paul as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Oh Lord!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Rue Paul as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    That's better!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Connors as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Chuck Connor as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    John Connor as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Condi as Connor

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Manny Ramirez as Ramirez

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Ok, I will stop now

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I still like the idea of Gerald Butler though...


    Maybe he could play one of Conners clansmen, and they could shoehorn in a dragon too and maybe Matthew McConaughey while they're at it. <p> Bale has prior experience now of playing a character named Conner so I think there's no other actor more suited for the role.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Harry You Only Liked Highlander


    And love shit like Van Helsing. Fair enoug but alot of people out there think Highlander is a classic. A genuine cult film. And it's a shame that we will get some shitty cgi filled remake.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    The original was perfect. They're going to kill this...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...deader than already is.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by TheSummers7

    There's been a script review floating around on the net for at least a month now... with major spoilers. I actually thought it was reported here, originally??? Maybe I'm just nuts.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    ...poor Christopher Lambert, that guy can't catch a...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...break...knocked around in the B-movie ghetto...made some really good ones...and now his best movie gets trampled beyond endurance...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    hmmm not a BAD choice for a remake..

    by The Amazing G

    I mean the original is good, but it is very 80's and after all the terrible sequels a reboot is the only choice, but we'll see...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    "I'm Candy."

    by jarjarmessiah

    "Of course you are!"

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Is this with script that McCleod using a sniper rifle?.

    by jarjarmessiah

    I hope not.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    a perfect need to remake it.

    by exador

    probably one of my all time fav movies. the swaps between scenes, melding one image into another...the Queen soundtrack, the opening fight in the underground parking lot...'i'd like to walk you home Brenda'....awesome lines, fantastic moments...and now they want to remake it, and strip away all the things that made it good, most likely....leave it the fuck alone...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    The orignal owns, and sequels cheated.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    There can be only one...unless we want to make more money.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by Gozu

    BORN TO BE KINGS, WE'RE THE PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE! So will this one have Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as memorable badasses? No? What about a soundtrack by Queen? No? Hmm. The original was a flawed masterpiece but it was a masterpiece. Justin Lin is at best competent and at worst boring.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Harry, you and I are the same age!

    by vitruvius

    You have to like Highlander. Tell me you didn't get jacked during the opening w/ Queen playing. I could watch that over and over again.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Singer Confirmed for Jack the Giant Killer

    by Snikkar124

    Bryan Singer has signed on to direct Jack the Giant Killer, the fantasy adventure from New Line and Legendary Pictures. The film, written by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), takes an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend. When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Eisenberg, Timberlake & Garfield to Star in Facebook Movie

    by Snikkar124

    Columbia Pictures and director David Fincher have cast Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield in The Social Network, the drama about the formation of Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin. Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money. Production will begin next month in Boston and then move to Los Angeles.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    The first one still holds up

    by Series7

    Mainly for the music and the Spongebob guy. <P> But man that last movie is a serious What the Fuck. It reminds me of Dan Akroyds original idea for Ghostbuster.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lambert is still alive

    by Series7

    I don't see why we can't have him do the Sean Connery role? Have one of Luc Bessons graduates direct it (i'm looking at you B13/Taken guy)and Luc produce it.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Lambert should have play Chak-a in Land of the Lost

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    He is after all an cro-mag man.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    80's Special Effects Were The Pinnacle of FX


    Who's with me. Optical effects just had a look to them that Chitty Generated Imagery just cant duplicate.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Le Chiffre

    by ruedisueli

    I'd say Mads Mikkelsen as the Kurgan (, Javier Bardem (or Don Cheadle) for Ramirez and Liam Neeson for MacLeod. Directed by Michael Haneke.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    My cast...

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    Connor... Ewan McGregor <p> Ramirez... Shaun Toub (Iron Man, Kiterunner) <p> The Kurgan... Dwayne Johnson, Gerard Butler <p> Lt. Frank Moran... Brian Dennehy <p>

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Manzilla: Agreed, with a caveat...

    by Royston Lodge

    The 80's fx were fine for the purposes of the story, but they weren't groundbreaking. That being said, using cheap CGI for this remake will indeed be a step backward.<p> While it's nearly impossible to do a remake that tops the original, it's not completely impossible.<p> 1) Better choreography for the fight scenes, but do not go overboard with the wire-fighting. Try to channel the big lightsaber fight from Phantom Menace.<p> 2) Don't go cheap on the period sequences. The original went from the highlands (inexpensive. Empty fields, rocks, a few sheep) straight to the city. Add another sequence that takes place at a mid-way point in a really cool city, like Venice or something like that. Devote a good chunk of the budget to the set design and wardrobe for this, to make it really frikkin' sumptuous. I'm thinking Barry Lyndon with Immortals.<p> 3) Make the plot of the modern-day section really fuckin' compelling. Wrap the immortals stuff around a really kick-ass crime story that may, or may not, have anything to do with the immortals themselves.<p> 4) Delicious ambiguity from start to finish, with no promises whatsoever that answers to burning questions will ever be forthcoming. There are no midichlorians in this dojo.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    They just can't write themselves into a corner

    by Adelai Niska

    if he really is the the "only one" at the end of the movie, then the franchise can only go into HIGHLANDER 2 territory, so they gotta find some way to keep it going.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    More thoughts...

    by Royston Lodge

    2b) Put the mid-period section in a olde-tyme version of an American city, like Philadelphia or Boston during the 1800s, then...<p> 3b) Set the modern-day section in a European city like Berlin or Dublin.<p> This would reverse the standard tactic of having the immortals' story moving from the Old World to the New World. It's 2009. The New World has become old and the Old World is becoming new.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I hate to repeat the tired old quip...

    by AsimovLives

    ... but there really should had been only one.<br><br>And a remake from the director of Tokyo Drift? I'm supposed to find this good news or something?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by Annihilator

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Highlander: Port of Call New Orleans

    by ruedisueli

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    They can't screw it up any more than it has been...

    by yodaismyhomie the four Highlander movies that exist in order. Each one was like a re-envisioning of the original. The second one completely changed up the concepts of the Highlander characters (though it was at least enjoyable). The third one basically made it impossible for the prize to have been won at the end of the original. The fourth one had the TRUE Highlander die before the events of 2 and 3 happened...all to please the fans of the TV show based on the movie. If that isn't crap, I don't know what is. How can a remake possibly do any damage to the original? It was already ruined.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Royston, a solid plan, but...

    by FlickaPoo

    ......the original had that low budget lightning in a bottle...that mysterious alchemy of inspired or lucky casting, the low budget gave the hole thing a gritty underground feel that worked, low expectations or no expectations that let the badassery cold cock you with no warning, and low budget who gives a fuck attitude that's hard to fake...The Kurgan mowing down granny on the sidewalk?...priceless...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Casablanca was already remade as a Tv movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Highlander: The Remakening

    by FreeBeer

    I disagree entirely that ambiguity was a problem in the first movie. I mean, we don't ask for an explaination for why vampires are immortal or have to drink blood or are afraid of garlic and have to be invited into peoples homes. The mystery adds to the appeal of mythologies such as this. As far as the remake is concerned, I believe the entire first movie should be a period piece dealing with Highlander's origions in Scotland, a sort of supernatural BraveHeart. You could continue the series on, each one taking place during a time of upheaval that in in our history that Highlander played a pivotal role in.The movies need never be contemporary or if they must, at the very least have the first film set totally in past, perhaps ending in modern times setting us up for the sequel. As for the "There can be only one" rule, there is no reason you can't dispose of this. Aside from being a groovy slogan for the posters it is not vital to the telling of this story. The reason the immortals kill eachother off could be to gain the strength of their slain foe, or merely because they are driven to do so but some irresistable supernatural urge. Unfortunatly, it appears as though they are just going to rehash to plot of the origional so there is not much point in speculating.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by rodneyfaile

    just as it was a good idea to use the john williams music of the new superman .....

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by rodneyfaile

    ..... You cant have Highlander without that AWEOSME Queen tune!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    You reported on this ages ago

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I don't think Harry even reads his own site

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Some would consider Velvet Goldmine a remake of Citizen Kane

    by AsimovLives

    only gay.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I think I just peed my kilt...

    by HarryCalder

    Best News Evar! Not really, of course. First one was kind of fun, but definitely not a "classic." So maybe.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo: I agree, but . . .

    by Royston Lodge

    . . . if they insist on doing a remake, they might as well do what they can to make sure it's remembered merely as an unnecessary but semi-solid action flick, rather than as a Childhood Sex-Offender.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I love Highlander to death...

    by MidnightMeatTrain

    ...but the prize for the Immortals should have been mortality.<p> And fuck the subsequent sequels and stupid ass mythology that followed.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Velvet Goldmine where McGregor fucks Bale in the ass?

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    that was gay?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Never saw any sequels...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    I thought the original wrapped things up pretty nicely. I thought he killed all of the others. Did he miss someone? Or only mostly kill someone?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Kevin McKidd

    by thevision

    because I doubt they'll be able to get Gerard Butler and I want to see Lucius Vorenus on the big screen wielding a sword- and yes a Scottish Claymore NOT a Katanna, have him train in Kenjutsu but use the claymore or broadsword like Arnold in "Conan the Barbarian." Antonio Banderas is an inspired choice for Ramirez, if not Javier Bardem or Oded Fehr. Vin Diesel or Randy Couture for the Kurgan. Yvonne Strahovski from "Chuck" as Heather and Jolene Blalock as Brenda. And howabout Ryan Kwanten from "True Blood" doing a cameo as Duncan MacLeod- a flashback with Connor training Duncan as a nod to the TV series.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Awesome does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "the original HIGHLANDER wasn't nearly awesome enough for me"<p> HARRY YOU TASTELESS MOTHERFUCKER! HOW AWESOME DOES A MOVIE HAVE TO BE??!! Oh... as awesome as VAN HELSING. Right. There's the fucking answer to that question.<p> Conti is spot on in comparing the original HIGHLANDER to such 'lightning in a bottle' genre flicks like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and TERMINATOR. It's a dirty, quirky, unique little gem of a movie - and of course it's been sullied by the sequels and the TV show, and sounds like it will be sullied again by this remake. But the original stands up proudly... and for a genre movie fan like Harry to be 'meh' about it really surprises me. Bad call H - it's flicks like this that you SHOULD be bigging up, not the commercial shit fests like GI JOE and VAN HELSING.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by MidnightMeatTrain

    ...Phantom Menace awesome, bitch.<p> THAT'S HOW AWESOME!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Obi-Wan Kenobi fucks Batman: The Movie

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    MidnightMeat, sad but true.<p> Old 'Headgeek' can disparage HIGHLANDER but gush over fucking TWILIGHT. One was put together with passion, sweat, and balls on the streets of New York and the windswept mountains of Scotland. The other was assembled in a corporate boardroom. It's a fucking joke.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I saw Highlander 2, for my sins

    by AsimovLives

    Highlander 2 is proof that drugs rules in Hollywood.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Your puzzlement mirrors mine.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Gerard Butler No one else

    by Kal-EL84

    Butler as Macleod, ewan mcgregor as ramierez. And Shaq as Kurgan ahahaha. I was serious about the first 2 though

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Is this a spin off

    by donkey_lasher

    of the TV series? what I imagine most younger generations will be saying...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Everything since the original

    by donkey_lasher

    has been shit. For me, it ended with the first film, leaving Mcloud as a mortal and the whole backstory mysterious. 2 was fucking awful and when I saw the series I just couldnt wait for it to fast forward to when Connor should have slew Duncan, what the fuck happened there with Endgame?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Alexander Skaarsgard?? Nah, he's too good for this

    by BlueImmortal

    shitty remake

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Iron Man Screenwriter? Ha!!!!!!

    by havehope

    BOOOO to this. BOOOO to the Iron Man screenwriters whose words were never put on screen. And boooo again to remaking Highlander. Hollywood dickfucks.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    who wants to live forever

    by Meadowe

    I have a playlist of my fave movie themes/songs, and this is one of my faves. I love Princes of the Universe until Freddie Mercury decides to go full gay later on in the song.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Get The Darkness for the soundtrack?

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Shatner as Ramirez!! Will Smith's dopey kid as Conner

    by picardsucks

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The sad thing is...

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    The sad thing is, this is an idea which COULD be filled with awesome. Just like most of you, I love the original - I was in my first year in college and it was one of those things that I saw with new friend living away from home and it was just a big awesome party. However, as others have pointed out, it was also a very flawed movie, and most of the truly interesting bits were only skimmed over. And no one else has really brought this up, but Highlander should be on top of everyone's list of Worst Casting of All Time, for that hideous chick who played Brenda - no acting talent, ugly, and on screen WAY too much. Clearly she was the producer's girlfriend or something, because she is the eternal stain that keeps Highlander from being among the truly great movies. It's a credit to it that it is as fondly remembered as it is, despite the unwatchable female 'love interest'. But anyway, the mythology of the world created just by the original flick (I would steadfastly ignore every sequel and TV show) is large enough to support a trilogy at the very least. And this would give a chance to focus on what was only hinted at in the movie - Connor's heartbreak from constantly losing loves, finally turning his heart cold, Ramirez' own heartbreaks.. not to mention getting to learn some more about the Kurgan, and other immortals whose paths they may have crossed over the years. And not only that, but there is no real reason to stick to the original like a bible, as plenty of it was just plain stupid, again centering around the female lead just happening to be be an expert on ancient swords while also working as a whatever in the NYC PD.. dumb lazy writing. And the very fact that Ramirez is so old and so traveled that he no longer really has any particular identity means that you could throw the doors wide open for his character, and in fact devote a lote more of the first movie to him. I am thinking someone like Chow Yun fat - simply change Egypt to ancient China, no worries there. I'm ok with Butler as Connor - he's become enough of a recognizable name that it would work, because if done and marketed properly, this would be big. The only problem with Butler is that he may be too buff - Connor was never a physically-imposing specimen - which is why he always wound up more of the underdog, and why his fury at the end was what carried the day, because David beat Goliath. Heck, Butler may even be better suited as the bad guy. We'll see when Law Abiding Citizen comes out if he can carry that evil around on screen. Anyway though, the Kurgan is the real challenge, because not only did Clancy Brown go completely into magnificent territory to create his character, he is also a large, physically imposing man, and so a shrimp like Vin Diesel would never work. Ving Rhames maybe? It has been a long time since he got to play someone seriously dangerous, and he could as easily fit into the mythology as an ancient barbarian as Brown did. Love interest? She would have to be someone hot but also believable as some kind of brain, not just eye candy. Diane Lane maybe? McLeod would have turned into someone who was perhaps more interested in a good conversation rather than sex anyway, so I can see the potential there in that kind of developing relationship. I mean, this really could turn into something that would satisfy a 25-year-old itch. But will it? No, of course not. Dang, now I want to pick up a pencil and start writing this thing properly ;)

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Stop being haters you all will see this movie

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    It's hard to screw up an origin story about a guy who chops off heads. The sequels failed because they all got away from the essence of the original with wacky sci-fi aliens and Mario Van peebles. This movie will be the SHIT

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    This is one of those films

    by rogueleader66

    That WON'T benefit from a remake, a "modern" retelling of highlander won't bring anything better or different to the story, but the Hollywood machine continues to lack imagination and remake films that do not need to be remade.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Gonna be very hard to pull off

    by ebolamonkey

    I forgive the original's problems because of its b-movie pedigree. Not sure I'm going to be as forgiving of a remake.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Han Cholo

    Gotta love Connery's ad-libbing... <p> One thing I dont understand about the movie and its subsequent sequels and such is that if Connor and the Kurgan were the only immortals left and Connor received the prize, then how come there were even more immortals in the series? Wouldn't he have had to kill Duncan McCleod and all the other immortals that came after the Kurgan before then? How come there were more immortals to be found if Connnor already had gotten the prize?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Have Muse cover

    by Series7

    The Queen song.

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    There can only be one! and in the Reboot its JANE!!

    by SuperWelling


  • Sept. 23, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    There can only be one! and in the Reboot its JANE!!

    by SuperWelling


  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Triple H as Kurgan???

    by rogueleader66

    Are you on fucking crack?? Jane is actually a decent choice, but Triple H? How about someone who can act in a role like that? Jeez I think an ACTOR should be cast as Kurgan, not a fucking wrestler.

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Rougleader dumabss Kurgan needs to BE HUGE TOO

    by SuperWelling

    not a midget!! TRIPLE HHH IS PERFECT!!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Samuel L. Jackson as Connor!!!

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

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    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    I cannot bear to think of how many times you must have jerked off while writing all of those

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Triple H

    by rogueleader66

    Is huge, no denying that. but WHO FUCKING CARES the guy is not an actor. There are plenty of actors who have the physical size AND the acting ability (which Triple H dont got, I assure you) to take on the role. Triple H is a dumb choice, period, argument over. Yell and rant all you want, its a dumb choice. Your choice is based on size and appearance, and that's retarted. FAIL.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    What about Aaron Eckhart. Is there a difference?

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    by rogueleader66

    What do you expect from yet another poster who has to write everything in all fucking capitals, I swear all these fools need to just go away they are nothing but an annoyance. A shame too because I actually thought Jane was a decent choice but then the stupid rant about Triple H erased all credibility.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Michael Cera as the Kurgan

    by Xiphos_2

    He is the only one.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Justin Lin

    by Series7

    Made Annapolis, and it was pretty bad. I don't think I'll give him a second chance. The first movie he did though was pretty good.

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    by SuperWelling

    which were pretty GREAT hes two for one!!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    There seems to be a common trend amoung Neil Moritz movies

    by Series7

    They all kind of just suck. Like they all go their balls cut. So I bet hes a douche. Like no, that movie can't be cooler then me get rid of that.

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Better Luck Tomorrow thats the movie

    by Series7

    And at least Neal had Prison Break, so he's done one good thing.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Well I agree about Aaron and Jane

    by Series7

    But Aaron seems to get the big projects.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The original was....

    by gringito

    ok when we watched it the first time. I recoreded it the other night and laughed my ARSE off it was soooooooo terrible.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    They can give it a go

    by BendersShinyAss

    But makeing a highlander film shit they mal as well just call it a sequel. The original highlander was a GRAND film. A Grand film.<p>this one needs to be grand if it's to be considered equal or better. <p>Highlander is one of the best films ever made. it just hasn't aged well. but for it's time.... Top film!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    "the original HIGHLANDER wasn't nearly awesome enough for me"

    by David Assholehoff

    OMFG. WTF. Are you kidding? Harry, lemme guess, you want Michael Bay to direct it? GEEEEEZ... The pacing of the original was perfection. The story was original and utter geekspasm. The cast was amazing. The music was absolute kick-ass incarnate. A remake is going to be anti-perfection. *SIGH* Remakes and prequels should be banned from production.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    "Hasn't aged well..."

    by David Assholehoff

    I agree, slightly, but it's still awesome. Science fiction and fantasy flicks never age well. Just look at Star Trek 2 today. One of my all time favorite movies, but watch it today and you can see it was really poorly made in places. Hell, they re-used footage from the motion picture.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Triple H

    by David Assholehoff

    Two words: HA. Ha. ...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahhaahahahah.........

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I just want to see...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...a movie where Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan fight over who is the original and who is the clone. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fatal flaw in Highlander

    by thelordofhell

    If you were immortal and know the only way you could die is to get your head cut off, wouldn't you wear a neckplate?

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and Highlander should have a Flying Guillotine in it

    by thelordofhell

    Make it so!!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by MidnightMeatTrain

    ...take your "logic" and "common sense" and get the fuck off the intrawebs.<p> Good day, sir.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane for Connor MacLeod

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Triple H for The Kurgan. And Anthony Hopkins for Ramirez. There ya go. Pay me.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    "B...A...L... A....N...C.....E....

    by DocPazuzu

    ...balannnncce..." <p> I fucking LOVE the first Highlander - LOVE IT. Someone made a great "lightning in a bottle" comparison to The Terminator and Escape From NY, which is quite apt. At the time it was something truly original and made with a lot of heart. When I first saw Highlander 2 at the theater I couldn't believe what was happening. It didn't seem conceivable that the exact same bunch of people who made the fantastic original film could fuck up so monumentally. I think it's the only time I've ever wanted to take a flamethrower to the screen. <p> Now, as horrible as Highlander 2 is, it's nothing compared to Highlander 5: The Source. Holy shit. The reason it didn't offend me as much as H2 did is because I had been numbed over the years by two more bad sequels and an interminable TV series loved by renaissance faire fail-chicks worldwide. However, The Source is beyond awful. I've only seen the original cut, which was only released on DVD in Russia (*cough*bittorrent*cough*), but there is no way in hell the recut version can be any better. Or did they do away with the gay Sigue Sigue Sputnik cardinal immortal? The supremely loathsome WWI (!) computer expert? The worst villain in the whole series (who actually SINGS "who wants to live forever")? The simply dreadful fanfic plot device? The insipid fight scenes? The mind-bogglingly heinous dialogue? <p> Ugh... <p> Oh, and fuck this remake -- with a very sharp Toledo Salamanca.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    The tvseries was great

    by ominus

    yeah its mythology was slightly different than that of the original movie,but it had great characters and stories.Mythos,Calas,the 4 horsemen,that super hot immortal chick who was a professional thief and an old companion of duncan,it was a great show,better than the sequel abominations.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane is perfect cast ,indeed.

    by ominus

    make it so

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    The big mistake from the creators of the

    by ominus

    original highlander,was that they did a sequel instead of a prequel.just imagine if Highlander2 was a prequel,telling the adventures of Connor before the events of the first movie.that would have been great.maybe they will try it in this reboot,if the movie spins a new franchise.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry I called your wife a bloated warthog...

    by spud mcspud

    ...And I bid you good day!

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I just got finished watching GAMER...

    by spud mcspud

    ...At the sadly soon-to-be ex-Showcase Cinemas, and you know what? As good as Gerard Butler would be as Connor MacLeod...<P> Cast Thomas Jane as Connor MacLeod, and a BIG BASTARD BURLY Gerard Butler (much as he is in GAMER, but even bigger!) as The Kurgan. I think he'd be awesome.<P> And why not Christopher Lambert? I like the idea of an old MacLeod for a bookend to the movie - shows he DID get mortal and grow old and studd - but he'd also rock as Ramirez.<P> And while we're remaking this shit, add some more Immortals. Make this shit more epic! Castigere should be MORE flamboyant; think 1980s Billy Dee Williams. Give Castigere to Chiwetel Ejiofor.<P> Just do this shit right...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Why is it

    by rogueleader66

    Everyone who insists on typing everything in capitals is a absolute blithering fucking moron??

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    And as for the Immortals running out thing...

    by spud mcspud

    ... There's a very simple way to explain how the cycle of Immortals fighting down the centuries and ending up with There Being Only One, who then takes the Prize, gets old and mortal, then the whole cycle begins again - there's a very easy way of explaining all this. I'm not going to until Panzer ponies me some serious cheddar, though.<P> Shit. I think I just did...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Oy! I'm being sarcastic in replying to SuperWelling! I DO NOT always type in Caps!!!<P> Back in your box, mister...

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Why even try?

    by NoHubris

    IMHO the first HIGHLANDER is a gloriously fun saga of a superhuman's personal journey through the ages. It all ended there.<p>All other film incarnations are unholy swansongs to the glory that was HIGHLANDER.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington

    by quintana007

    would make a great immortal.

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  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Make him a Viking!

    by Royston Lodge

    Or maybe a vampire!<p> Remember, everything's better with vampires....

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Remember the Cartoon: Quintin Macleod was...

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    the biggest cuntstain in the world. I demand to see Conan The Adventure (with the phoenix named Needles) face off agaisnt animated Q.Macleod for the right to suck the most cock

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    What is it McFarlane said?

    by RainesMaker

    Highlander, great concept... horrible movies.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure that a great cast is even possible anymore.

    by kevred

    Everything's too pretty and intentional now. What made movies like this worthy of the fandom that makes a remake possible is the roughness, the texture, the crazy elements of surprise in casting, imagery, music, etc. Updated versions are just sterile, bland, with all the character smoothed out to provide as little resistance as possible for the first-weekend-rabble to eat this film up instead of the equivalent generic project in the next theater over.<p>Can you imagine the original, with its cast and style and overall atmosphere, being made today? No way. That is why this will fail.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    But this is a PG-13 remake

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    It's in the script. Yes, a movie about Immortals with swords that take heads... and they can't show them taking heads.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    The first Highlander is a goofy blast.

    by Orbots Commander

    Much of it is helped by Connery's cool breeziness and a fantastic Clancy Brown villain. The rest of the sequels were worthless.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Why a remake is a good idea (and why it will utterly fail)

    by yiannis

    As much as I like the original movie, I can't quite muster the affection that some of you have.<br><br>People might talk about "inspired casting", but any casting director that hires an actor for an American film and doesn't even check to see if they speak English is simply not doing their job. The casting in Highlander is awful (Clancy Brown the exception), but this is part of the charm I guess.<br><br>Likewise people harp on about the Queen songs, but forget that for every sublime "who wants to live forever" there's a garish and piss-poor "new york, new york" cover. Besides, music has changed and evolved in the last 20 years and there are plenty of groups out there who belong in film scores, such as nin, radiohead, aphex twin or unkle (maybe not for THIS film, but you get my point).<br><br>And let's not forget that the original script is hardly a paragon of storytelling. Coincidence and contrivance abound (the whole sword expert working for NYPD thing), characters talk in cliche and soundbite rather than dialogue ("whatever you say, jack, you're the master race"), racial stereotypes abound (loutish Scots, dumb Irish cops, English fops) and nobody talks with the right accent (as well as the two obvious ones, why does Kastigir, presumably an Arab, have an American twang? See also Rachel - French with English accent - and Kurgan - eastern european with American accent). Finally, I can't escape the fact that Connor's 300 year secret gets uncovered in one afternoon by a goddamn librarian with a dodgy moustache.<br><br>My point is that the original is at times a deeply flawed film, but why so many people still love it is because it has one hell of an idea behind it. There should be no reason why a good filmmaking team can't take this idea, run with it, expand it and produce an excellent film.<br><br>The problem is, of course, that we won't get that. Rather than imbue the film with intelligence and subtlety, they will aim for lowbrow and obvious to draw the mallrats away from their gluttony for 90 minutes. Rather than take creative risks, they'll play it safe so that middle America doesn't wring its crucifix in anger. Rather than tell a single well-told story, we'll get an "origin story" that will spend most of its time explaining who everyone is (because us poor plebs can't work this shit out ourselves) and leaving all the good stuff for second and third films that might never get made. Rather than have something gritty and real, we will get the beautiful people beautifully lit against beautiful backgrounds, like some kind of animated catalogue. It will end up having the look and feel of such recent visionary masterpieces as Jumper, Push or that fantasy one with Ian McShane (Dark Rising something something) and ultimately share the same fate: the bargain bin.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Yiannis is right, unfortunately.

    by Orbots Commander

    A toothless Highlander sequel has a Blockbuster bargain bin as its ultimate resting place. <p> Well, that's okay, I guess. The original film was sort of a happy accident. I just read the Wicki piece on it and found that Connery and Lambert became really good friends during the shoot, going around jokingly calling each other by their character names on set. Lambert even threatened to not appear in the sequel, unless Connery's character was written in.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Love the 1st - the rest are shit

    by Charlie_Allnut

    The 1st is frickin awesome - some of the 80's bits are corny, but all the parts set in the past are phenomenal! I want to see a Highlander movie set COMPLETELY in the past, none of this flash forward flashback shit. I'm game for a reboot if a bit dubious...There's no way they can replace the awesomeness of Sean Connery though!

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    This is a terrible fucking idea

    by pumaman

    This is way up there on films that should not be touched. The original is a classic. The music from Queen, the stunning cast. I mean ,how the fuck are you ever going to top Clancy Brown's Kurgan ? I'm so fucking sad about this.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Jason Statham as Conner


    Is Heath Ledger available? Edward James Olmos as Ramirez. Tyler Mane as Kurgan... Just remembered. I don't care.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Lower Budget Cast

    by dailysportspages

    McCloud: Thomas Jane <br> Ramirez: Pierce Brosnan<br> Kurgan: Kevin Durand<br> <br> Think about Brosnan for a second, its perfect :) Now shave Kevin Durands head and he looks like the Kurgan. He has that weird looking face, and is super tall and built like the Kurgan. <br><br> But in this movie the Kurgan has to have some acting abilities... not sure how well Durand can hang. He has shown some measure of presence... but for short bursts.<br> Clancy Brown was that rare monster sized actor with actual acting chops.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Hmmm... Ian McShane = Ramirez.. Muthafucka!

    by dailysportspages

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Chill bro, was not even thinking about you, I knew what you were doing its was that welling idiot ranting about Triple H being Kurgan, that guy titbag did the same thing and he was an idiot as well LOL.

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    The perfect cast

    by Xiphos_2

    Conner= Jesse Eisenberg<p>Kurgan= Michael Cera<p>Ramirez= Woody Allen<p>Music by Kid Rock. Opening weekend 100 million+

  • Sept. 23, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Ebonic_Plague came up with the best idea

    by Xiphos_2

    I think I've ever heard. Javier Bardem vs Jeffery Dean Morgan fight to the death about which is the clone which one is the orginal.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    What the fuck?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Is this a joke or something? I smell a PG-13 crapfest for the Twilight crowd.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Anyone who wants a trilogy of these things

    by savagedave

    Needs to be shot. They shouldn't even be fucking remaking it at all, never mind trying to drag three films out of it. What the fuck makes you think this material warrants a trilogy?! It's not the fucking Godfather! Did you not take note of the fact that both the original sequels are complete dogshit?

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Series 7

    by Happyfat73

    Does your comment about Aaron Eckhart mean that I'm not the only one who thinks he and Tom Jane were twins separated at birth?</p> The upshot of all this remake brouhaha is that now I feel like going out and watching the original again... "Hello pretty!"

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Sorry, loved the TV series better ....

    by reaper28

    Yeah yeah, I know ... heresy. <p>Don't get me wrong, I always made a point of watching and buying the movies when they came out (yeah, even 'Source') but for me the TV series was infinitely better. <p>5 years of story arcs, different characters appearing and reappearing (Amanda, hubba hubba), the Watchers made the whole Highlander mythos much more textured and interesting, although I will admit, the acting was a bit wooden in places and the scripts could be on the clunky side. <p>For half the movie's budget, they could get great actors, decent script writers and some kick-ass claymore-decapitation action. <p>I bet they'd make a shitload more money syndicating it than DVD sales of this (no doubt) fuck-awful movie.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST

    set it in Tokyo with a new lead character

    by Maniaq

    and have Christopher Lambert come in at the end to tie it into the rest of the franchise... <p> <br> WHAT?

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Cheers for clearing that up. Am I right in thinking Triple H was that fucking brute that couldn't act in the shitfest they called BLADE: TRINITY??<P> Either way, actors CAN play wrestlers (see Mickey Rourke in THE WRESTLER - awesome movie) but, with the exception of Dwayne Johnson, wrestlers should never, EVER act (Tyler Mane, Triple H, I'm a-lookin' at YOU TWO). Except as mute serial killers, obviously.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    hey Spud

    by Maniaq

    check out They Live sometime - Rowdy Roddy Piper at his finest!

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Maniaq - My bad, Rowdy Roddy Rules!!

    by spud mcspud

    Can't believe I forgot that one. Yeah, Rowdy Roddy is THE MAN in that movie. And that fistfight is fucking insane.<P> I loves me some vintage Carpenter...

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Maniaq - HIGHLANDER in Tokyo

    by spud mcspud

    They'll have Vin look over at Connor and saying "You owe me a ten-second sword".<P> Nonsense, yes, but no more fucking dumb than every other HIGHLANDER tie-in, TV series, cartoon, or sequel since that hallowed original.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGreggor

    by TheNorthlander

    He's actually Scottish. Also, he'd make a better Connor McCloud than for example Gerard Butler because although Butler can play a Badass Toughguy, Connor McCloud has always been a Reluctant Toughguy.<p> Connor is tough because he needs to be to survive - not because he's a brute.<p> <p> Not that the people behind this remake will ever get that...

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hey don't forget Jesse the Body!

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    "I ain't got time to bleed."

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    There can only be one

    by Wookie_1995

    Great Highlander movie, And they have a lot of work to do if they are going to try and make a movie that might even be worth watching. Not to happy with all the remakes lately.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    This would be like remaking

    by Wookie_1995

    The orginal Star Wars movies......Wait Oh I almost forgot George went back and fucked with those. Thanks a bunch for Shitty CGI and That pussy Aniakin Replacing the orginal actor at the end of return of the jedi.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I agree Dreadlock Holmes jane would be AWESOME!

    by SuperWelling

    "Triple H for The Kurgan. And Anthony Hopkins for Ramirez. There ya go. Pay me." lol Summit should pay u!lol u know have u seen the trailer for Percy Jackson and the lightning theif? PEIRCE BROSNAN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE RAMIREZ IN THAT TRAILER!

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by SuperWelling


  • Sept. 24, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    NO! NOO!! NOOO!!! I'm broken!

    by wtriker1701

    But since it doesn't bother TPTB so I smell Hans Zimmer as Composer and Lisa Gerrard(!) as vocalist. Plus some songs by Coldplay / Chris Martin AND a shaky cam from below the parkdeck up to the Lowlands ( former Highlands). <br> AND I smell indeed Thomas Jane on the horizon. AND a bad script, AND sequels, AND... SOMEBODY WAKE ME UP, PPLEEEEASE!!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Shoot him sir. Now Sir. In the back sir."<p> "Hotchkisssss."

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The Star Wars remake is the Jar Jar Abrams' lastest movie. George Lucas is innocent.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Highlander was amazing

    by lostbat

    What I remember from Highlander: Great Cast Great Music Beautiful landscape shots It could work: "International" Cast: Connor:Jake Gyllenhaal (bunked up already) Ramirez:Antonio Banderas Kurgan: Gerard Butler Music:Mix Soundtrack Queen/Coldplay/U2 & Hans Zimmer Bring it on!

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lambert as a the Kurgan?

    by lostbat /2009/02/03/greystoke-lord-of-the-apes/ Look at him! It could work:-)

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    NO...well if they reuse the original Queen soundtrack

    by Nizzuts

    and give Christopher Lambert the Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (Connery) role then I might watch it on network television when it makes it there.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by Nizzuts

    You've got some good ideas for a remake. Although I don't think hollywood is listening. I'd watch your version...well except I'd keep the original Queen soundtrack.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Why not have Clancy redo his turn as the Kurgan?

    by Nizzuts

    I know he's older now, but he still kicks ass.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Javier Bardem as Kurgan?

    by Nizzuts

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Lol!! You're right about one thing, trying to inject logic in the Highlander saga is pretty stupid. I would like to see other decapitations besides just a sword. Like maybe a shotgun blast to the head or an elevator door chopping off the head or having the head bit off by a bear or shark or something.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    My bad - again. Jesse Ventura is so badass he's not only the best thing in PREDATOR, he even went on to become a Governor! Awesome.<P> I think I may be wrong here - maybe there are more decent wrestler-turned-actors than not??

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Highlander is a classic

    by Mr Writer

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks the original Highlander is an underrated classic. The concept is genius, Lambert, Connery, and Brown are all brilliant in their roles, and Mulcahy's direction is stylish and inventive. It really is lighting in a bottle and I don't think they ever to able to reproduce the magic of this film. I'm glad the franchise still has some life in it despite all the awful sequels, but nothing will ever compare to the original.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives ummm

    by Wookie_1995

    Are you thinking of STAR TREK by JJ ABRAMS? becuase star wars and star trek are two completely differant things..... star wars is better :D

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Mr Writer

    by Wookie_1995

    Your not alone, I love Highlander! It is such an amazing flick. Luckliy I have a kick ass dad who has shielded me from the crappy sequels. Which I hate how thier was more. It ended in the logical conculsion that Mcclould won the prize and thier was no more imortals. THE ONLY OTHER HIGHLANDER I HAVE SEEN IS SEARCH FOR VENGENCE WHICH WAS COOL!

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    What I would do

    by Kaitain to not have one obvious central character who will clearly win, become the One and take The Prize. I would prefer that there were two or three characters that you felt might win the final battle, and you could make your own choice whom to root for. Would probably work better as a trilogy or a TV mini-series. And I guess the "Highlander" name would become a bit of a misnomer...Connor MacLeod happened to be from highlands, sure, but that was never a core element of the high concept. I am sure that these guys will fuck it all up. Only the original movie of Highlander is worth shit anyway. Or, at least, everything else is effectively in alternate fictional universes. Connor clearly won The Prize in the original film; there was no Duncan, no Kell, no Kane and clearly no bloody General Katana.

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Original script

    by Kaitain

    "In the script, after Connor lobs off Kurgan's head the quickening that comes out was to turn into a monster that Connor must continue to fight." <p> I've never heard of such a thing. <p> I've read various versions of the original script, and that doesn't happen in any of them. <p> In Widen's original script, MacLeod (aka "Taupin") is a bit of a wimp, outmatched by his adversary known only as "The Knight", whom he ends up defeating through good luck. <a href="">Original script</a> <p> The script that was given a treatment by Bellwood and Ferguson is pretty close to the movie, MacLeod is attributed some kind of special power to defeat The he's some kind of uber-immortal and doesn't realise it. Thankfully they dropped this idea in the movie as filmed. <a href="">Bellwood Ferguson script</a>

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Oh, why is this thing so hopeless?

    by Kaitain

    You may have to fix up these URLs manually; I've never been able to work out this daft website. <p> <p>

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Highlander vids

    by Kaitain

    I love the fact that nobody's noticed that I changed this music vid so that it's just MacLeod walking casually around New York City doing nothing: <p> <p> Some other favourites: <p> <p>

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Liev Schreiber as Kurgan

    by vosborne951

    Bingo...tall enough... menacing voice...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGregor would be great as Connor Macleod

    by Monkey_King

    Antonio Banderas as Ramirez and perhaps John Cena as The Kurgan.