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Let’s face it…First of all, 1986’s “Highlander” was a pretty damn good movie. It was dark, gritty, and the cinematography along with the music and even the acting made for a pretty good 80’s flick (This is probably one of the few times I will give acting props to Christopher Lambert). Now aside from the HORRID sequels and in my opinion, a sub-par TV series, a reboot has been in the works for the last year or so and has recently acquired actor Ryan Reynolds and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Now with that combo, and I am in no way a FAN of Mr. Reynolds, he is a better supporting actor than a film-carrying star (He proved this with “Green Lantern”), and the shooting style of Mr. Fresnadillo proved for an interesting mix and would hopefully be a fresh take on the “Highlander” story.
Unfortunately, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo left the project recently, and that leaves a gaping hole in the potential reboot. Now it is said to be in developmental hell, honestly we can only hope. Recently, Today interviewed the original Mccloud, Christopher Lambert on his thoughts on Reynold’s carrying the Mccloud banner:
“First of all, I think he’s a really good actor. On top of it, he’s somebody sensitive. If I was the producer or the director, I would go as far as possible away from the original ‘Highlander’ to try to create a new ‘original’ ‘Highlander.’ I am talking about the script. Because the combination of what ‘Highlander’ was about, plus Queen’s music, was unbelievable. So I don’t think a remake would work … I think a good one would be ‘Man on Fire,’ which was directed by Elie Chouraqui – a French director – and then re-made (in 2004) by Tony Scott. It wasn’t a “remake” of the movie. It was a new ‘Man on Fire.’ And that’s exactly what I would do with ‘Highlander.’ You cannot duplicate something, no matter how big it could be. You cannot duplicate ‘The Killer’ from John Woo; you cannot duplicate ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ by Sergio Leone. You can re-do something, but don’t try and copy.”
Now he does have some decent ideas for the film if it ever gets off the ground again, mainly being this : DON’T COPY!!! But that is not all Mr. Lambert said in the interview, this is if he will be involved in the production:
“No. Because first of all, it’s too close to me, and I’ve done my ‘Highlander’ bit. I’ve had a great time with it … If they were asking me to do like five minutes in it just as a wink to the audience, I would do it. But they didn’t. I think it would be right that they don’t ask. They have to stay away from the original.”
Basically, he would be up for it, but the production didn’t ask…I am torn on whether this is a good or bad idea. My biggest fear is that it will delude the mythos of “Highlander” (much like the TV series made it WAY too complicated and the film “Highlander: The Source” just ruined). The original film was fairly simple and straightforward and I feel the reboot should do the same. What do you guys think?? Do you agree with Mr. Lambert that Reynolds is a good choice?? Should Lambert be involved?? Can there be only one??
Via : Screen Rant