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Il­lus­trat­ing what you want to see in new SF films and tele­vi­sion. This Month: don’t lose your head, it’s the High­lander re­make

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Letters -

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.

SPAN­ISH PEA­COCK

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.”

LO­CA­TION LO­CA­TION

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.”

LOVE FOR­EVER

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.”

The Kur­gan Dave Bautista Heather MacLeod

Felic­ity Jones

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