Normally, I am a forgiving person when it comes to reboots, more so than most others. It’s nice to see what the new blood can do with an old franchise, even if it usually doesn’t work out for the best. And, all things considered, it’s still better than just taking an old film, adding a few scenes and special effects and then remarketing it for cash (yes, I’m looking at you Mr. Lucas).
But when it was announced that Highlander would be getting the facelift treatment, I was skeptical. The atmosphere and conceptual genius behind the first one is not easily reproduced. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of remaking it in an actiony vein and losing the theme of the original.
Now, as if the news couldn’t get any worse, Ryan Reynolds is slotted as the forerunner of possibles in casting.
To quote the source:
“Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline Lionsgate-Summit’s franchise reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that [he] could still pursue another project,”
Ok, so Christopher Lambert (pre-gigantic forehead days) was not the most amazing of actors, but he did fit the role. And even Sean Connery with his inability to do a Spanish accent was enjoyable.
But… Ryan <choke> Reynolds!? Seriously? This guy floundered through Green Lantern like a chimpanzee on crack and they want to set him up to destroy another franchise? Was he sent by malevolent aliens from outer space on a mission to mutilate the movies that fans love? This guy needs to be locked away; at least until Highlander is finished shooting, else angry fans may be doing some shooting of their own.
Next thing you know, Justin Bieber will be slotted to compose the new soundtrack.
Thanks to comingsoon for giving us the bad news on this one.