This could be good or bad. I loved the original Highlander when it came out despite it being a relatively cheesy movie. The sequels pretty much all stank to high heaven as it is difficult to do a sequel when you’re supposedly the only immortal left at the end of the first movie. I enjoyed the TV series enough that I bought the first four seasons on VHS a few years back, but never completed the whole series. It’s always seemed like a story that could do with a well thought out remake at some point.
Now it looks like that’s going to happen:
Summit Entertainment is bringing back to the big screen the 1986 sci-fi cult hit “Highlander,” with “Iron Man” co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway on board to write the script.
[…] Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis/Panzer Prods. Peter Davis, one of the original producers of the 1986 film, also will produce the new film.
Davis said the new “Highlander” will not just be a remake but will incorporate more backstory elements and prequel aspects that will be fleshed out to expand the story line in a way that is inventive yet faithful to the original story.
He also said romance was key to the series’ popularity and would be a central theme in the new film.
“I would hate to think that people viewed ‘Highlander’ as a sword fighting movie because it’s much more than that,” he said. “The issues of an immortal falling in love with a woman and knowing she’s going to grow old and die in your arms, those are very romantic issues to deal with.”
No word yet on casting or when they hope to start filming, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it to see how things develop.