The thing about Highlander is that it’s a great movie with a great soundtrack but it was made in the 80’s on a small budget and, loathe as I am to admit it, Christopher Lambert isn’t an exceptional actor. Clancy Brown as the Kurgan holds up as an all-time villain, and Ramirez is a great character in one of Connery’s last decent performances. And some of the aforementioned Queen songs rank as all time classics.
But even as an unabashed Highlander fan (I’m in the camp that likes the original film and none of the sequels nor the tv show) I think it is a film ripe for a reboot. Here’s why.
In terms of the soundtrack to a possible reboot, surely Muse has to be at the forefront of the wishlist right? Enough like Queen (especially something like United States of Eurasia) but also a rad band in their own right. Lead singer Matthew Bellamy is a conspiracy theorist who would write incredible songs about immortals living a shadowy world “from the dawn of time.”
2. Conner Mcleod
Casting this role is tough. For a while, Ryan Reynolds was considered, as apparently the producers wanted to find the one actor who would have been worse than Lambert. It wouldn’t be surprising to find some flavor of the week Hollywood star cast in the role. That would be a shame. We already have a perfect actor for Mcleod. Dustin Clare’s devil-may-care roguish Gannicus stole the show in the underrated Spartacus, and he would be far from the first Ozzy to play a memorable Scot, right? He’s got the charm, the build, and the chops to nail this role.
3. Missed opportunities
To name a few:
- Does anyone believe that Fasil–a middle-aged accountant looking dude wearing white sneakers and a trench coat–is one of the last Immortals left? The possibility to make him much more interesting–and stronger–would be afforded by the remake.
- Kastigar is the best side character, with the best lines, and yet we barely get to see him. More Kastigar would be fantastic.
- Fight Choreography has come a long way since the first film. We could have much more exciting sword battles now.
4. Beyond the Highlands
I really like the idea of exploring non-Scottish settings. A “Highlander” film set in Viking age Scandinavia would be pretty cool, right? Or what about an Ottoman immortal, who could battle Janissaries throughout Constantinople? Or use the 30 years war as a setting, a plundered and broken Europe with a lone Immortal facing off against the might of the Hapsburgs? History has such a rich tapestry, which is a big part of the appeal of the mythos, in my opinion.