Years before the Syfy channel arrived on the scene to populate late-night cable with classics such as “Arachnoquake,” “Piranhaconda” and “Sharktopus,” there was “Highlander.” The 1986 film, starring Christopher Lambert as a Scottish immortal bent on tracking down and beheading the last of his kind, drew suspense from the slim logic that “there can be only one.”
Highlander has the worst continuity. "There can be only one!" Except for 5 sequels, a tv series (and it's spinoff) and an animated series.
— Zombie Phil (@Zombie_Phil) June 28, 2012
Of course, the very purpose of the “reboot” is to free filmmakers from the luggage of previous movies and sign on fresh talent. Ryan Reynolds has been confirmed as the newest immortal. The actor and heartthrob, 2010 winner of People magazine’s sexiest man award, has proved his geek cred by starring as katana-wielding assassin Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and as Green Lantern. Geeks must be thrilled, right?
— Marc J Grundy (@CoolboxMarc) June 28, 2012
Ryan Reynolds is confirmed to star in the Highlander reboot, thus the destruction of another franchise has begun.
— AwfullyBadMovieClub (@AwfullyBadMC) June 28, 2012
Perhaps it’s just love for the original and its score of suitably bombastic Queen songs that is driving the backlash.
Ryan Reynolds as Highlander? Why remake the film that won an Oscar for Best Movie Ever Made? #rickybobby
— EdPitts (@EdPitts) June 28, 2012
Woah, Highlander rebooted with Ryan Reynolds? Who's doing the music this time – Katy Perry?
— Tom Andersen (@Zebula77) June 28, 2012
On the other hand, movie audiences are weary of reboots in general: “The Amazing Spider-Man” opens July 3 with another take on the hero’s origin just 10 years after Tobey Maguire stepped into the role.
Robocop, Highlander, Total Recall, and Spiderman (despite the other films' body isn't cold yet)… Please, Hollywood, STOP THE REBOOTS !
— philounatik (@philounatik) June 28, 2012
Sooo, they've remade Total Recall; Robocop, Highlander and Starship Troopers in the pipeline. Are we really that creatively moribund?
— Ceri Llewellyn (@CezLlewellyn) June 28, 2012
Nostalgia is selective, though, and not all are losing their heads over this bit of casting news.
Also, why are people up in arms about a Highlander remake. Have you actually SEEN the original? It's fucking terrible.
— 'Dashing' Wil Jones (@AchinglyChic) June 28, 2012