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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  • Patrick Highlander

    oh and BTW….. it SUCKS big time. And I’m a HUGE highlander fan. I won’t see this one if those dummies rehash the same lame old storyline. But, maybe 500,000 or so lamebrains will. That’s really not that many people.

  • Patrick Highlander

    oh and BTW….. it SUCKS big time. And I’m a HUGE highlander fan. I won’t see this one if those dummies rehash the same lame old storyline. But, maybe 500,000 or so lamebrains will. That’s really not that many people.

  • todd

    none of this is true. it will stick to swords and rules. still scripting anyway, so if it were going to includies snipers and the sort, we wouldn’t know anything about it. This is just like the superman and batman movie hype. this writer is just trying to stir things up.

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

      And you know this why? Early scripments make the rounds all the time. Sometimes they come to fruition (though changed and by different creators like Cameron’s Spiderman with organic webshooters), sometimes they disappear into development hell (Like Superman Lives), but I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it was a legit art of the early script. And the Superman/Batman hype was legit too, but WB new it couldn’t happen the way they wanted so they let it go. But there was serious thought and work put into it for a bit.

  • todd

    none of this is true. it will stick to swords and rules. still scripting anyway, so if it were going to includies snipers and the sort, we wouldn’t know anything about it. This is just like the superman and batman movie hype. this writer is just trying to stir things up.

    • Dedpool

      And you know this why? Early scripments make the rounds all the time. Sometimes they come to fruition (though changed and by different creators like Cameron’s Spiderman with organic webshooters), sometimes they disappear into development hell (Like Superman Lives), but I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it was a legit art of the early script. And the Superman/Batman hype was legit too, but WB new it couldn’t happen the way they wanted so they let it go. But there was serious thought and work put into it for a bit.

  • Paddyd

    Just do this one right dammit.

  • Paddyd

    Just do this one right dammit.

  • Becky1978

    I do like the thought of seeing Highlander with better effects but hope they don’t over do it. Guns are a good idea for slowing down your opponent but a bad idea for the actual decapitation, where’s the sport in that? I keep trying to think of who could play the Kurgen? I don’t know why but I kinda like the idea of Jason Statham, he’s very good in Mean Machine. He has a mean but also good comedy face and a great voice, but that’s just my opinion. I think it might be an idea to make it a 3 part movie. I loved the original but felt like the story was very clip note crammed, him going through history would be very interesting. I do like the thought of Gerard Butler as Connor, but isn’t he 6ft 4″? The Kurgen’s supposed to be enormous so you’ll be hard pushed to find someone taller then Gerry that’s good for the part.

    Maybe Sam Worthington as Connor. He played an excellent part in Terminator Salvation and I think this could be his role? He’s not Hollywood hot

    I just hope they don’t finish it off.

  • http://Non Becky1978

    I do like the thought of seeing Highlander with better effects but hope they don’t over do it. Guns are a good idea for slowing down your opponent but a bad idea for the actual decapitation, where’s the sport in that? I keep trying to think of who could play the Kurgen? I don’t know why but I kinda like the idea of Jason Statham, he’s very good in Mean Machine. He has a mean but also good comedy face and a great voice, but that’s just my opinion. I think it might be an idea to make it a 3 part movie. I loved the original but felt like the story was very clip note crammed, him going through history would be very interesting. I do like the thought of Gerard Butler as Connor, but isn’t he 6ft 4″? The Kurgen’s supposed to be enormous so you’ll be hard pushed to find someone taller then Gerry that’s good for the part.

    Maybe Sam Worthington as Connor. He played an excellent part in Terminator Salvation and I think this could be his role? He’s not Hollywood hot

    I just hope they don’t finish it off.

  • Frank

    NO GUNS DAMNIT!!!!!!!!THAT WILL RUIN THE FILM!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank

    NO GUNS DAMNIT!!!!!!!!THAT WILL RUIN THE FILM!!!!!!!!!!!