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

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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  • Monomaniac

    They should probably repaint the Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel. WHAT A BUNCH OF GREEDY BASTARDS.

  • Monomaniac

    They should probably repaint the Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel. WHAT A BUNCH OF GREEDY BASTARDS.

  • RangerMatt

    I hadn’t thought of Karl Urban. I suppose he could work as Conner. Interesting….

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

      Yeah, when that name popped in my head the others just disintegrated. I mean we know he’s good with a sword, can do the brooding thing, actually looks cooler than Lambert, and I think would be more badass. I mean Doom was a horrible movie, but he was decent in it.

      • Frank

        Carl Urban cooler than Christopher Lambert in this role??I’m sorry but are you nuts??Lambert was the heart and soul of Highlander..he made the f****** film cool!!!

  • RangerMatt

    I hadn’t thought of Karl Urban. I suppose he could work as Conner. Interesting….

    • Deadpool3678

      Yeah, when that name popped in my head the others just disintegrated. I mean we know he’s good with a sword, can do the brooding thing, actually looks cooler than Lambert, and I think would be more badass. I mean Doom was a horrible movie, but he was decent in it.

      • Frank

        Carl Urban cooler than Christopher Lambert in this role??I’m sorry but are you nuts??Lambert was the heart and soul of Highlander..he made the f****** film cool!!!

  • MaryAnn

    Well, the original Highlander movie was absolutely perfect — it was only the sequels that were horrible.

    That said, I hope the remake will simply be a good movie, with enough differences from the original to not feel that it is the same thing all over again. It would be horribly disappointing if it showed the poor quality of the sequels.

  • MaryAnn

    Well, the original Highlander movie was absolutely perfect — it was only the sequels that were horrible.

    That said, I hope the remake will simply be a good movie, with enough differences from the original to not feel that it is the same thing all over again. It would be horribly disappointing if it showed the poor quality of the sequels.

  • Chris

    I’ve been a Highlander fan for a very long time. A bigger fan of Connor then Duncan I’ll admit and it completely sucked that Connor was killed off. A remake isn’t a bad idea. Remakes don’t mean that the original is missing anything. But let’s face it, Highlander had some serious continuity problems. And the Sour Source just killed the franchise. Starting from scratch is the only way to breath live back into what is arguably left of the Highlander franchise.

    Connor as a professor is a good idea due to his knowledge of history and his experience, but using a sniper rifle is something Connor would consider dishonorable. I don’t care for Connor as a pacifist. Ramirez embedded the thought of saving humanity in Connor.

    A great Highlander film starting from scratch should show very little of present day. The majority of the film should display Connor’s experiences through time, traveling from country to country and interacting with other immortals. What relationships did he have with other immortals? Did he every bang a hot immortal chick? I can envision a story of Connor and Rebeca (teacher of Amanda) having a relationship. All of these small elements can make a good story that will most likely not be included in this film. Hope they can find a way to get it right.

  • Chris

    I’ve been a Highlander fan for a very long time. A bigger fan of Connor then Duncan I’ll admit and it completely sucked that Connor was killed off. A remake isn’t a bad idea. Remakes don’t mean that the original is missing anything. But let’s face it, Highlander had some serious continuity problems. And the Sour Source just killed the franchise. Starting from scratch is the only way to breath live back into what is arguably left of the Highlander franchise.

    Connor as a professor is a good idea due to his knowledge of history and his experience, but using a sniper rifle is something Connor would consider dishonorable. I don’t care for Connor as a pacifist. Ramirez embedded the thought of saving humanity in Connor.

    A great Highlander film starting from scratch should show very little of present day. The majority of the film should display Connor’s experiences through time, traveling from country to country and interacting with other immortals. What relationships did he have with other immortals? Did he every bang a hot immortal chick? I can envision a story of Connor and Rebeca (teacher of Amanda) having a relationship. All of these small elements can make a good story that will most likely not be included in this film. Hope they can find a way to get it right.

  • Patrick Highlander

    How UNIMAGINATIVE……. sounds like the same story but… worse. I was under the impression that these BOZO’s might actually delve back into time… about the same time that Methos came about, etc….. having the same characters and doing the same film again seems to be a waste of time. Even if you’ve never seen the original…… it won’t sell.

    Gee Hollywood …… try and come up with something …… NEW? good luck……. sounds like a BOX office crash.

    Kudos.

    patrick

  • Patrick Highlander

    How UNIMAGINATIVE……. sounds like the same story but… worse. I was under the impression that these BOZO’s might actually delve back into time… about the same time that Methos came about, etc….. having the same characters and doing the same film again seems to be a waste of time. Even if you’ve never seen the original…… it won’t sell.

    Gee Hollywood …… try and come up with something …… NEW? good luck……. sounds like a BOX office crash.

    Kudos.

    patrick