As reported by The Mary Sue, noted tall Canadian and should-be-bigger movie star Ryan Reynolds is the latest name linked to the long-gestating “Highlander” remake – and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. If ever a film series deserved another shot at glory, it would be this prime slice of 80’s awesome. And Ryan Reynolds is a brilliant choice.
For those of you who didn’t spend far too much time watching this movie on VHS in their teens and hankering after Christopher Lambert‘s lovely raincoat/Nikes sartorial combo, “Highlander” is the high-octane tale of ancient warriors kicking the crap out of each other in a battle for ‘The Prize’ – immortality (or getting electrocuted a lot whilst attached to a very visible wire rig).
I won’t even begin to claim that this film (or the increasingly dreadful series of sequels which followed) made a lick of sense, but this is a genre piece very dear to me despite its flaws and the news that it might be getting a fresh lick of celluloid and a good director behind it makes me very happy indeed.
Common sense dictates that we won’t be getting a band like Queen – their names be eternally praised – writing songs to underpin the chaos on-screen but it would be lovely if (should this film manage to be made) some acknowledgement of Freddie, Brian, John and Roger’s peerless tunes be made.
Also – this cat has to be in the mix somewhere.
No Clancy Brown, no sale, thank you very much.