Highlander Remake Script Review: Does it Suck, or Does it Not NOT Suck?

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I’ve mostly become used to reporting on unnecessary remakes of recently released movies by Hollywood, mostly because, well, what’s the point? We can bitch and moan all we want, but it ain’t gonna stop them. So, with that said, what’s been happening with the “Highlander” remake? Unfortunately they’re still going through with it, and the boys over at the CC2K have gotten their hands on the new script. So what’s the verdict? Predictably lacking, I’m afraid.

Here are some of the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your POV):

- Swords are so last century. These new immortals use firearms as well as swords. At one point MacLeod attempts to take out his arch nemesis the Kurgan with a sniper rifle. Ramirez, as well, advises MacLeod to always learn the ways of the boom boom makers.

- All the characters from the original are back, but with minor tweaks. MacLeod, his old love Heather, his mentor Ramirez, and his new love Brenda.

- The Kurgan is no longer just evil because he was born into a barbaric tribe, but now he has father issues stemming from being sentenced to death by Daddy. He also likes to cheat, which isn’t really new, but his methods for cheating seems to make the rules the Immortals battle under very flexible.

- MacLeod is now a pacifist professor who teaches history at a Christian university, and avoids fighting as much as possible, though he still kills when he can’t avoid it.

- By killing another Immortal, you gain their personality as well as their skills. I’m not sure if this happened with the original, though I think it was weaved into the mythology somewhat by the end of the last sequel — i.e. you get stronger with each Immortal you kill because you absorb their battle skills.

- The final battle between MacLeod and the Kurgan now takes place in Central Park, New York.

Below: “What are you talking about? I don’t cheat! I sorta, you know, don’t follow the rules.”

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Okay this just sounds bad. Central park fight, ok, using guns, i can deal( dont like it though) but the sniper riffle is a bit much. And just ignoring the rules of the “game” not cool. I dont even know what to think other than “DONT DO IT!”

    • gwc

      Ok why is people in Hollywood take a gem and turn it into a turd? We dont want meaningless CGI effects, and taking original films and adding your spin on them is just dumb! Immortals do not use guns, even the most ruthless Immortals have a sence of code and honor when it comes to the game, or call it ego to beat another Immortal with your own sword.

      This will fail bigtime

      • http://www.facebook.com/leprakhauns Sean Noble

        Actually tons of immortals in the series cheated in numerous ways, including guns.

  • Dedpool3678

    Okay this just sounds bad. Central park fight, ok, using guns, i can deal( dont like it though) but the sniper riffle is a bit much. And just ignoring the rules of the “game” not cool. I dont even know what to think other than “DONT DO IT!”

    • gwc

      Ok why is people in Hollywood take a gem and turn it into a turd? We dont want meaningless CGI effects, and taking original films and adding your spin on them is just dumb! Immortals do not use guns, even the most ruthless Immortals have a sence of code and honor when it comes to the game, or call it ego to beat another Immortal with your own sword.

      This will fail bigtime

  • badfrog

    the original highlander does not need a remake, its a classic! it has some cheese, but it is fine.. I’m sick of everyone thinking every old movie out there needs a remake or a reboot.. some things are better left alone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Heilman/100000877373390 Brad Heilman

      if they do i think conner show be in it to teach duncan plus have the kurgan played by Dolph Lundgren it makes more since for conner to teach duncan they came from the same clans also it would make the kurgan going after him make more sense and then have duncan take lead also leave out theres only two left and the fight between duncan and the kurgan be the start of the gethering but once duncan kills the kurgan and gets the power he gos into hiding for awhile that way the frist movie and tv show tie into one

  • badfrog

    the original highlander does not need a remake, its a classic! it has some cheese, but it is fine.. I’m sick of everyone thinking every old movie out there needs a remake or a reboot.. some things are better left alone.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moatia Miss Gigi

    I’m not much for remakes but it beats the hell out of what we have to watch now. I wouldn’t even mind if it became a series again. I am SOOOO tired of reality tv! DAMN!! I think swallowed my vomit again.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      The series were better than the movies. One of the few shows, that to me was an improvement, with Buffy of course being one. I also liked what they did with Beastmaster, and Stargate (though those I hold on equal footing show and movie).

  • http://www.myspace.com/moatia Miss Gigi

    I’m not much for remakes but it beats the hell out of what we have to watch now. I wouldn’t even mind if it became a series again. I am SOOOO tired of reality tv! DAMN!! I think swallowed my vomit again.

    • Dedpool3678

      The series were better than the movies. One of the few shows, that to me was an improvement, with Buffy of course being one. I also liked what they did with Beastmaster, and Stargate (though those I hold on equal footing show and movie).

  • http://youtube.com/mmx915 Max Finkel

    That did always bother me its like why wouldn’t they use guns?

    I’m game for that sounds badass. Just guns should only be a warm up or side to the sword battles you know?

    being a pacifist is great for Mcleod character its like even more makes him the ultimate hero.

    I LOVED the Kurgan before so seeing more of him would be awesome.
    I prefer if he isn’t evil for no bloody reason, but it should be his nature nevertheless, whether anything in his past lit that spark or not.

    the central park is a little iffy cus I really liked the rooftop battle. I think they SHOULD change it so I dont feel like I’m watching the same bloody thing, but they are creative people you should think of a more epic battleground than central park or flat rooftop. Heck id prefer a fiery empire state building or in a castle or something.

    another interesting thing to see is the news feeding the final battle and the world coming to know of immortals or some other way. Well idk about that..

    whatever Im psyched

    • True_Bane

      Guns OK..If you read the book the film is based on kurgan was abused by his dad so nothing new there. Macleod being a pacifist adds to him. What I want to know is who will be playing the best part of all KURGAN..he is still the best baddy of all time

      • Hlfanatic

        The book was written after the film was made.

      • Big Sexy

        Word is Robert Knepper might play Kurgan. You might know him from Fox’s Prison Break. He played T-Bag.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          I hope not. I really hope not. I have been watching him on “Heroes” and he is NOT Kurgan. The Kurgan is supposed to be intimidating, in size and in pressence and he is NOT!! I know this sounds like blasphemy but why not Vin Diesel in the role of Kurgan. He’s big, deep voice, can do action and hasn’t played a villain yet. With Karl Urban as Connor it’d be an interesting film.

    • Andres Dussan

      i prefer a bad guy that has a Philosophy. one that is BAD because of his ideals… Say..lets make him an athiest…who has no empathy. Perhaps back in the day, his family…village..whatever..was whiped out because they KNEW his family had problem..(we would see it as missing the empathy gene)…and that they were dangerous because they held no remorse.. So their logic and belief that emotions dont “Cloud” them, makes them feel like they should run shit… Well..So anyways…they are taken out…But the Kid…lives….Grows Up….is hunted down….and killed…and when he is killed…He discovers he is Immortal.. And so all he has known is that Human Kind wanted to take him out, so he feels they are the EVIL ones…because he does not have that empathy gene….. Anyways…i think my story line for the bad guy is much better than..RAAWRRR..im evil cuz my daddy killed me.

    • Andres Dussan

      i prefer a bad guy that has a Philosophy. one that is BAD because of his ideals… Say..lets make him an athiest…who has no empathy. Perhaps back in the day, his family…village..whatever..was whiped out because they KNEW his family had problem..(we would see it as missing the empathy gene)…and that they were dangerous because they held no remorse.. So their logic and belief that emotions dont “Cloud” them, makes them feel like they should run shit… Well..So anyways…they are taken out…But the Kid…lives….Grows Up….is hunted down….and killed…and when he is killed…He discovers he is Immortal.. And so all he has known is that Human Kind wanted to take him out, so he feels they are the EVIL ones…because he does not have that empathy gene….. Anyways…i think my story line for the bad guy is much better than..RAAWRRR..im evil cuz my daddy killed me.

  • http://youtube.com/mmx915 Max Finkel

    That did always bother me its like why wouldn’t they use guns?

    I’m game for that sounds badass. Just guns should only be a warm up or side to the sword battles you know?

    being a pacifist is great for Mcleod character its like even more makes him the ultimate hero.

    I LOVED the Kurgan before so seeing more of him would be awesome.
    I prefer if he isn’t evil for no bloody reason, but it should be his nature nevertheless, whether anything in his past lit that spark or not.

    the central park is a little iffy cus I really liked the rooftop battle. I think they SHOULD change it so I dont feel like I’m watching the same bloody thing, but they are creative people you should think of a more epic battleground than central park or flat rooftop. Heck id prefer a fiery empire state building or in a castle or something.

    another interesting thing to see is the news feeding the final battle and the world coming to know of immortals or some other way. Well idk about that..

    whatever Im psyched

    • True_Bane

      Guns OK..If you read the book the film is based on kurgan was abused by his dad so nothing new there. Macleod being a pacifist adds to him. What I want to know is who will be playing the best part of all KURGAN..he is still the best baddy of all time

      • Hlfanatic

        The book was written after the film was made.

      • Big Sexy

        Word is Robert Knepper might play Kurgan. You might know him from Fox’s Prison Break. He played T-Bag.

        • Dedpool

          I hope not. I really hope not. I have been watching him on “Heroes” and he is NOT Kurgan. The Kurgan is supposed to be intimidating, in size and in pressence and he is NOT!! I know this sounds like blasphemy but why not Vin Diesel in the role of Kurgan. He’s big, deep voice, can do action and hasn’t played a villain yet. With Karl Urban as Connor it’d be an interesting film.

  • RangerMatt

    I left my comments on comingsoon.net check it out. There’s like 145 reviews over there. The ideas in the new script are absolutely TERRIBLE!!! Bringing in guns?!?! The ritual of fighting with “edged weapons” is what made Highlander so bad ass! Don’t cheapen it with firearms. Only an uneducated school boy would go for the lame idea. Mcleod a pacifist? No such thing. Living as long as he’s lived a person would know the importance of defending his/herself in a dangerous world. History professor… fine.. just let him own a small antique shop(2nd income) on the first floor of his condo !! I personally like the idea of setting up sequels by having the “Gathering” in steps/phases. For example, you have them get the “irresistable pull” to the place of their birth. In the second movie those left in the same Hemisphere or continent battle it out and finally the remaining few battle it out in the final movie in the trilogy. You could bring in Watchers near the end of the first movie. You’d have to decide if you want Joe, Methos or Amanda characters. Watchers and Hunters (Like Horton) could have a much bigger role in the 2nd as they try to impose their will on the whole situation to effect their desired outcome. Have a class group of people brainstorming this thing for the best ideas! There are alot of ways to make this suck but there is a possibility that through alot of hard work… this could be AWESOME! Keys for success… (No particular order) *Casting (I’m thinking Gerrard Butler) NOT Thomas Jane… come on people, Thomas Jane a Highlander? You’ve GOT to be kidding! *Great STORY! *Excellent edged weapon choreography (They’d have to REALLY practice ALOT! No Choppy Camera work or crappy CGI) *Great romance *Suspense *Appropriate flash backs that gel with the movie.
    GET THE LORE RIGHT!!! Define the prize!! Growing old and having kids? come one i know they can do better than that. Understanding world leaders and diplomats? That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to influence anything! Good definition of a prize so that it’s worth winning! The quickening should impart ONLY KNOWLEDGE from the fallen immortal to the victor! Sigh… I just REALLY want them to do this RIGHT!!!! SPEND THE TIME TO MAKE IT EXCELLENT!!! PLEASE!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      The prize has never been defined, at one point “Growing old and the ability to have kids” was the prize in the movies and the series. And as for Gerard Butler, I think he’s great for the role, however he’s almost too BADASS for the role. Thomas Jane I’m not feeling because he won’t be able to pull off the accent. David Wenham (300, LOTR, Van Helsing) perhaps, or Karl Urban even (LOTR, Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, Pathfinder).

    • Sam

      I agree, If anything they should bridge the gap between the Movie and the TV series, connect them in some way. They should introduce Duncan and the watchers.

  • RangerMatt

    I left my comments on comingsoon.net check it out. There’s like 145 reviews over there. The ideas in the new script are absolutely TERRIBLE!!! Bringing in guns?!?! The ritual of fighting with “edged weapons” is what made Highlander so bad ass! Don’t cheapen it with firearms. Only an uneducated school boy would go for the lame idea. Mcleod a pacifist? No such thing. Living as long as he’s lived a person would know the importance of defending his/herself in a dangerous world. History professor… fine.. just let him own a small antique shop(2nd income) on the first floor of his condo !! I personally like the idea of setting up sequels by having the “Gathering” in steps/phases. For example, you have them get the “irresistable pull” to the place of their birth. In the second movie those left in the same Hemisphere or continent battle it out and finally the remaining few battle it out in the final movie in the trilogy. You could bring in Watchers near the end of the first movie. You’d have to decide if you want Joe, Methos or Amanda characters. Watchers and Hunters (Like Horton) could have a much bigger role in the 2nd as they try to impose their will on the whole situation to effect their desired outcome. Have a class group of people brainstorming this thing for the best ideas! There are alot of ways to make this suck but there is a possibility that through alot of hard work… this could be AWESOME! Keys for success… (No particular order) *Casting (I’m thinking Gerrard Butler) NOT Thomas Jane… come on people, Thomas Jane a Highlander? You’ve GOT to be kidding! *Great STORY! *Excellent edged weapon choreography (They’d have to REALLY practice ALOT! No Choppy Camera work or crappy CGI) *Great romance *Suspense *Appropriate flash backs that gel with the movie.
    GET THE LORE RIGHT!!! Define the prize!! Growing old and having kids? come one i know they can do better than that. Understanding world leaders and diplomats? That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to influence anything! Good definition of a prize so that it’s worth winning! The quickening should impart ONLY KNOWLEDGE from the fallen immortal to the victor! Sigh… I just REALLY want them to do this RIGHT!!!! SPEND THE TIME TO MAKE IT EXCELLENT!!! PLEASE!!!

    • Dedpool3678

      The prize has never been defined, at one point “Growing old and the ability to have kids” was the prize in the movies and the series. And as for Gerard Butler, I think he’s great for the role, however he’s almost too BADASS for the role. Thomas Jane I’m not feeling because he won’t be able to pull off the accent. David Wenham (300, LOTR, Van Helsing) perhaps, or Karl Urban even (LOTR, Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, Pathfinder).

    • Sam

      I agree, If anything they should bridge the gap between the Movie and the TV series, connect them in some way. They should introduce Duncan and the watchers.