Update on Highlander Reboot

A promotional image from the original Highlander
A promotional image from the original Highlander

The guys over at Collider have posted an interview with producer Neal H. Moritz (I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, I AM LEGEND) who is working on the new HIGHLANDER sequel and he has some encouraging things to say. The cult sci-fi/fantasy film HIGHLANDER was released way back in 1986 but its cult following has managed to keep it afloat, with four sequels and three different television series having been made since.

First off, he confirms the notion that the film is set to be a reboot,

We’re staying true to the mythologies as a whole of the Highlander series. Now there are certain things between all the different Highlanders that conflict with each other, but we’re trying to stay true to the core of what we believe Highlander is and it’s a movie that’s going to be made for the fans of Highlander but also for people who are new to the franchise.

Considering the mess that the franchise cannon has got itself into, these comments are quite encouraging. He also clarifies the reboot angle stating that,

I wouldn’t necessarily call it…I guess it would be closer to a reboot than anything else but there’s a great history to Highlander that we’re staying with and it’s an origin story.

The first HIGHLANDER film was iconic and imaginative but the sequels that followed have lacked the magic of the original so at this point perhaps a reboot is the best option for the series. HIGHLANDER is meant to start shooting next year, with a 2012 release most likely. What do you think, does this reboot sound interesting to you or do you wish they’d just let the franchise stay buried?

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