Script of Planned Highlander Reboot Features .... Guns?
Posted 06.04.09 by reelz
We learned long ago not to pay too much attention to this business about "there can only be one." And here it comes. A Highlander reboot is in the planning stages, with rumor, or perhaps just fantasy, placing Rome's Kevin McKidd in the star role as Connor MacLeod. But it's not just the actors and the script that would be updated. It's the weapons as well.
In the original, it's all about swords and axes, anything with an edge. There are strict rules about how you take your opponent's head. One important rule is no guns. But an advance script review for the planned reboot reveals that in this version anything goes.
Advised early on by his mentor to become proficient with the weapons of whatever time period he is in, MacLeod later tries to take out his nemesis Kurgan from a safe distance with a sniper rifle. Presumably swords are still needed for the coup de grace, but still a pretty surprising change. Practical perhaps, but not quite so personal.
Overall, the reviewer pans the script, concluding that, in this draft of the reboot anyway, the screenwriters have decided to tell the same story as the 1986 original, but in the wrong way.