Since 2008, talks & rumblings about a reboot to the 1986 cult classic Highlander film (starring Christopher Lambert & Sean Connery) have been going in in Summit Entertainment. While fans of the original don’t seem too supportive of one of their favorite movies being re-hashed, Summit isn’t slowing down with this idea, and seems intent on going forward with production.
Initially, Justin Lin (of 2009’s Fast & Furious, and 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 fame) was signed on to direct the picture. However, he has since stepped aside, and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (second unit director on 2014’s Maleficent) is now slated to take the helm. Matt Halloway, Art Marcum, and Melissa Rosenberg are on tap for the script writing, and the aforementioned Justin Lin will be the film’s executive producer.
Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was recently quoted as saying, “For me, it all comes down to that first movie, but there are great themes in the show. It’s the rare cross-genre concept that has elements of the Western, time travel, fantasy, action, contemporary. There are universal themes, but of course you need to provide the answers like the first film did. Who are these guys with swords? Why are they fighting each other? What is the prize and how are they drawn to each other? There is far more at work here. I want to explore more than the lightning that happens during the Quickening.” He went on to mention that, “I’m going to say that it’s very close to the original story, but there will be surprises. The characters you love in the first movie are back. There are definitely some changes, for sure.”
There’s very little extra information to tell about this project. While several individuals have been talked about for the main roles of Connor MacLeod & Ramirez nothing has been solidified. Large Hollywood names were originally slated for the parts, but there seems to have been no real casting announced, except for the role of The Kurgan (originally portrayed masterfully by Clancy Brown), who will be played by Dave Bautista. At one point Ryan Reynolds was signed on to play Connor (he backed out of the project in 2013), and there are rumors that Tom Cruise was approached to play Ramirez (nothing has been confirmed). Additionally, no release date has been set.
Of course we know that when any IP is rebooted, liberties will be taken. That being said, the notion that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan wants to delve deeper into what actually happens to the immortal during The Quickening is somewhat intriguing. What does it do to a person when they absorb the life force of another? How does that life force, and the attached memories & power get assimilated into the immortal? We’ll have to see what Troyan has in store.
What do you all think, dear readers? Are you fans of the original movie? Did you watch the TV show? Let’s hear your thoughts on where you think this reboot might lead, and whether or not you’d go see it.