Illustrating what you want to see in new SF films and television. This Month: don’t lose your head, it’s the Highlander remake
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE
1 The very idea of a Highlander remake went down like a One Direction set at a death metal festival with SFX readers, but if it must happen you’d like to see an actual Scottish actor play immortal Highlander Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod: “Richard Madden for Connor and Felicity Jones as ‘ my wee bonny Heather,’” says John O’Malley.
2 Tom Cruise was once rumoured to be playing Connor’s 2,500- year- old, Egyptian- born mentor Juan Sanchez Villa- Lobos Ramirez, but Chris Eaton and Art Patterson both had a much better idea – Antonio Banderas. “It’s a good formula to have a Connery- level actor for Ramirez and a lesser- known actor for Connor,” adds John Mosby.
A KIND OF MAGIC
3 Queen and Highlander go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise Belle Alice Lowndes wants the original film’s soundtrack left largely intact. “They need to keep the essence of the soundtrack: Freddie Mercury’s vocals, the effortlessly epic sounds. Update the arrangements, sure, but keep the music.”
4 For a film that had 400 years of history to play with we saw very little of the world in Highlander. David Stephens wants to see more in the remake: “Get right back to the basic concept and play up the lonely immortal angle, with plenty of flashbacks set during historical conflicts.”
5 David Chapman just wants the remake to recapture what made the first film great: “Remember that Highlander is a love story with humour and sword fighting. The sequels didn’t work in part because they forgot that.”
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