"Highlander" (1986) heisst das Fantasy-Abenteuer, welches Christopher Lambert (u.a. "Beowulf") im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes unsterblich machte... Aber von wegen "Es kann nur einen geben!"... ;-)
Der Film über den Unsterblichen Connor MacLeod avancierte zum Kult und zog aufgrund des ungeheuren Erfolgs drei Fortsetzungen, eine TV-Serie und 1994 sogar eine Zeichentrickserie nach sich...
Von 1992 bis 1998 schwang der Engländer Adrian Paul als Duncan MacLeod sechs Staffeln lang das Schwert, um den Kampf Gut gegen Böse auszutragen... Zwar erklärt die Serie die Ereignisse des Films für nichtig - Connor MacLeod ist demzufolge doch nicht der letzte Unsterbliche gewesen -, aber wen stört das, so lange die Geschichten ordentlich Action und Historienspass bieten...
In der Pilotfolge der TV-Serie "Die Zusammenkunft" gibt es, ebenso wie im vierten Kinofilm "Highlander: Endgame" (2000) ein Wiedersehen mit Christopher Lambert, der seinem Clan-Bruder zu Hilfe eilt, als dieser von einem Unsterblichen zum Duell gefordert wird. Duncan, der einen Antiquitätenladen in Vancouver führt, lebt zusammen mit seiner Freundin Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot) und nimmt sich des jugendlichen Herumtreibers Richie (Stan Kirsch) an, der in der zweiten Staffel selbst zum Unsterblichen wird. Immer wieder muss sich Duncan, der 1592 im schottischen Hochland geboren wurde, zum Kampf stellen, wenn es ein anderer Unsterblicher auf seinen Kopf abgesehen hat...
Mit "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance" erschien im Juni 2007 ein "Highlander"-Anime auf US-DVD...
"Highlander: The Source" feierte im September 2007 seine Premiere im SciFi Channel - gedreht wurde bereits im Oktober 2005...
Dieser Film erschien am 10. März 2008 hierzulande unter dem Titel "Highlander: Die Quelle der Unsterblichkeit" auf DVD... Der Highlander ist zurück: In der nahen Horrorzukunft herrschen Chaos und Totschlag. Duncan McLeod (Adrian Paul) und die anderen unsterblichen Krieger suchen eine Quelle jener mystischen Kraft, die ihnen Macht und Unsterblichkeit verleiht. Doch eine seltene Planetenkonstellation kündigt die entscheidende Schlacht um die Quelle der Kraft an...
STYD sprach mit Regisseur Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, u.a. über das "Highlander"-Reboot... Shock: [...] is that something you might tackle soon?
Fresnadillo: I'm working on the "Highlander" thing and I'm so keen to make it, because I think it would be a very interesting new approach into that world, but let's see because we're in an early stage still. Shock: Are you looking for a new face to play the character or someone established?
Fresnadillo: Some kind of new flavor, how about that? Especially because of the big theme of the story, which is the immortality as a curse, because I found it so interesting.
Via CS! kommt das offizielle Statement von Summit Entertainment, dass Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Regie beim Reboot führen wird...
[...] Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Summit Entertainment's re-imagination of the cult film HIGHLANDER co-financed by RCR Media Group. Summit's HIGHLANDER is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. RCR Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film. Justin Lin will also executive produce. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis - Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008. Production on the film is slated to begin spring of 2012.
Justin Lin (Fast Five) is no longer directing Summit Entertainment remake Highlander, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade adds that Lin is still involved with the project as an executive producer, however. The studio is now looking to find a new helmer for the film, written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. [...]
Summit Entertainment and RCR Media Group confirmed today that RCR will co-finance Summit's re-imagination of the epic adventure Highlander which is being designed for a global audience.
Highlander will be directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project. RCR Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will serve as executive producers on the film. Summit acquired the rights to remake the classic from Davis - Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.
In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.
RCR Media Group's Chairman Rui Costa Reis said: "'Highlander' is a property that is known around the world and Summit's re-imagination is sure to appeal to both existing and new fans of the 'Highlander' lore." [...]
THR meldet... After taking on vampires in Summit’s Twilight Saga, writer Melissa Rosenberg is tackling a different kind of immortal being: Scottish highlanders.
The scribe is in negotiations to come on board to work on the studio's remake of Highlander. Neal Moritz is producing the project, which offers an update on the 1986 movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Justin Lin (Fast Five) is attached to direct. Peter Davis is also producing.
The original story centered on a Scottish swordsman, who discovers he is part of a secret race of near-immortal beings and faces off against an unstoppable barbarian who covets the power gained from there being only one of their kind left.
Summit acquired remake rights to Highlander from Panzer/Davis Productions, producer of the original film, in 2008. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the initial draft while Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Sellek Wibberley also worked on the script.
Wth her Twilight connection, Rosenberg may seem an odd choice for writing the action remake. But as the sole writer on Summit’s vampire pentalogy, she has proved adept at handling both character and action, as well as yearning, a key component of Highlander as protagonist Connor MacLeod watches his true love age while he does not. Before tackling Twilight, Rosenberg was a writer/co-executive producer on Dexter, the Showtime series that darkly balances family with bloody carnage. [...]
Deadline schreibt in einem Nebensatz über die Autoren Art Marcum und Matt Holloway über den Drehstart des "Highlander"-Remakes... [...] ICM made the script deal for Marcum and Holloway, who shared credit on Marvel's Iron Man (the good one...) and just wrote the Highlander reboot for Summit Entertainment. The latter will start shooting next year under helmer Justin Lin whose Fast And Furious 5 is filming right now for Universal. [...]
Via CS! kommt die offizielle Ankündigung der "Highlander" Neu-Interpretation... Summit Entertainment announced today that it has tapped the filmmaking team behind this spring's hit film Fast & Furious - director Justin Lin and producer Neal H. Moritz - to direct and produce respectively the studio's re-imagination of the cult film Highlander. Summit's Highlander is being written by Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Peter Davis, long time producer of Highlander, will also produce the film. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis - Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.
Summit's film will expand on the original Highlander's core mythology of immortals battling amongst us, hunting each other through the ages by tapping its newly minted creative team to take its re-imagination to new heights. Plans call for the re-imagination to spur a new franchise for the studio.
"We are privileged to have this amazing opportunity to reinvent one of the great franchises," said Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Summit Entertainment. "Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster."
Added Peter Davis of Davis-Panzer Productions, "Justin and Neal are an exciting directing/producing team and I am confident that they will deliver a truly dynamic film while being totally respectful of 'Highlander' Legend."
In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize.
Justin Lin most recently directed the hit action film Fast & Furious, the fourth film of the franchise. He also directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Better Luck Tomorrow.
In addition to Fast & Furious, Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner have produced a myriad of action films including the upcoming Flash Gordon and The Green Hornet as well as I Am Legend, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Bei CC2K gibt es eine recht negative Kritik zu einem Drehbuchentwurf für das geplante "Highlander"-Remake aka Reboot...
JoBlo.com meldet... [...] As we learned a few months ago, a "reinvention" of the HIGHLANDER franchise is in the works courtesy of Summit, the company behind the (soon to be massively successful) TWILIGHT movie. But who might possibly be willing and able to don the kilt and wield the hefty blade once held by Christopher Lambert?
JoBlo reader 'Lynchy' tells us that actor - and actual Scotsman - Kevin McKidd (HBO's "ROME", DOG SOLDIERS) was just on Dublin radio, and mentioned he'd been approached by the production company about starring in the film. We don't know much more than that, but the producers did previously mention they would include medieval Scotland in their version of the story. And McKidd may have some time on his schedule after the termination of his "JOURNEYMAN" series. [...]
THR.com meldet... Who says there can be only one?
Summit Entertainment is bringing back to the big screen the 1986 sci-fi cult hit "Highlander," with "Iron Man" co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway on board to pen the reimagining.
The original "Highlander" starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings battling among humans, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery an Egyptian and Clancy a barbarian known as the Kurgan. "There can be only one" was a line repeated throughout the film. The movie spawned four sequels and three television series.
Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis/Panzer Prods. Peter Davis, one of the original producers of the 1986 film, also will produce the new film.
By acquiring the rights to the property, Summit gains a recognizable brand and a franchise with worldwide popularity amonng both the young and old.
Summit's president of production Erik Feig, along with the company's senior vp production Geoff Shaevitz and creative executive Gillian Bohrer, will oversee the project for the studio.
Marcum and Holloway, repped by ICM, also penned a remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Convoy," set up at Paramount.
Bei Moviehole gibt es eine vernichtende Kritik zu "Highlander: The Source"... [...] ''The Source'', I’m sure, would’ve read OK on paper - Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) is called back into action to discover the origins of the ‘first’ Immortal (who lies somewhere between Romania and a green-screen) - it has an interesting enough storyline, but what kills it are the production values - they’re just tragic! This needed to be done on $50 million dollars, not $50.
You know those cheap after school series’? - The children’s programmes that have a budget of about twenty five bucks and look like they were shot on a personal handy cam? Well that’s how this one looks - absolutely repulsive. It should NOT have been released. [...]
SciFi.com meldet... Adrian Paul, who played the immortal Scottish swordsman Duncan MacLeod in the Highlander television series, told SCI FI Wire that the future of the franchise is complicated by the recent death of longtime producer William Panzer. Paul starred in and co-executive-produced the most recent telefilm in the franchise, the SCI FI original movie Highlander: The Source.
"Bill died this year, and so I don't know what [Panzer's partner] Peter Davis is going to do with the franchise," Paul said in an interview. "I have heard, kind of through the industry, people say, 'Oh, it's a great franchise. It should be revamped. Somebody should buy it, blah, blah, blah.' I have no idea. I don't know what's going to happen with that. Peter and Bill had two different parts of the franchise. Bill was the creative guy, if you like, and Peter was the financier, in a sense. So they had two [different] strengths, and I don't know now what Peter will do with the franchise itself."
Even if Highlander were to return, there's no guarantee that Paul would reprise the central character. Asked about it, Paul replied "Don't know" several times. And what if Davis invited Paul to assume the creative end from Panzer? "Maybe," Paul said, laughing. "I'm not sure. I'm not sure. There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration. I have a lot of things going now, and I'd really like to produce some other stuff. They do have an animated series that they're about to launch, which lends it to a younger [audience]."
Paul added: "That's what The Source was all about originally, the fact that there is, hopefully, a younger immortal eventually going to be taking over the reins, if you like. So that's where I think they would possibly go with it, so I don't know if me getting involved would work."
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zum Anime... [...] While Search for Vengeance might not redefine Highlander or action anime, if this turns out to be the par for this type of movie-to-anime adaptation, fans have a lot to be pleased about. Going into this, it was easy to imagine plenty of way to run a Highlander anime onto the rocks, but instead Madhouse came through with a workable angle in a conflict between barbarian and civilized forces, and an action feature that was never dull. [...]
Moviehole präsentiert einen Fan-Trailer zu "Highlander: The Source" und Infos zum Soundtrack...
SciFi.com meldete kürzlich... Thomas Gray, producer and head of Imagi Animation Studios, told SCI FI Wire that the new Hong Kong-based computer-animation studio has an intriguing lineup of projects in production for the near future [...]
"We have 2-D projects coming out of Japan. We are doing Highlander: Vengeance with Yoshiaki Kawajiri [Vampire Hunter D]." The producer confirmed that the anime film is based on the popular live-action film series about sword-battling immortals, starring Christopher Lambert. "It was experimental, because it's going right to the DVD market," Gray said. "Anchor Bay picked it up, and it's turning out great. It was our attempt to take a Japanese anime process, if you will, and try to put it in a Western storytelling concept, where you have a beginning, middle and end. With Miyazaki [Howl's Moving Castle], ... no one can understand what is going on. It's brilliant, but that's why it's not playing universally in the West. So we took conventional storytelling and gave it to a conventional anime director, and it's going to be interesting." Highlander: Vengeance will be released on DVD in 2007.
Adrian Paul schreibt auf seiner Website... After months of working on the editing and visual effects, it finally came time to start on the music score for The Source. Director Brett Leonard and BJ Rack, the producer supervising post-production for the film, decided to put George Kallis's name forward.
George is a very talented composer. Once his deal was finalized he set to work, writing a huge score for the movie that was recently recorded by an 80-piece orchestra. Passionate, compelling and heart-rending would be the words I would use to describe it. Together with other pieces recorded in England, the music for The Source reprises some of the old Highlander favorites with a modern twist as well as some fantastic new ones.
This past week I was also in London doing the ADR for the movie - the recording of sound that needed to be changed or replaced for technical or other reasons. The film looks big. The acting is solid. The fights are different. The story is comprehensible. The effects? I didn't see those yet and won't for a bit, but the way things are going I am optimistic that this film will certainly give the original Highlander a run for its money.
CS! meldet... Filming wrapped on Lionsgate's Highlander: The Source, directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Lawnmower Man), on December 8 in Lithuania. The studio is planning a 2006 release for the new installment starring Adrian Paul as the immortal Scottish swordsman, Duncan MacLeod.
The film is the first feature in the Trilogy. "The Source" will tell the story of Immortals as they quest to locate the Holy Grail of their world. The entire series of films will chronicle the origins of the Immortals.
Adrian Paul maintained a set diary on his official site here.
Also, the first photos from the set -- both candid and official -- can be found on the website of the official international Highlander fan club here.
The photos show Paul as Duncan MacLeod and Peter Wingfield as Methos. The candids include shots of Paul, Wingfield and Jim Byrnes, who reprises his role as Joe Dawson from Highlander: The Series.
Moviehole meldet... The long-in-the-works "Highlander : The Source" begins filming next week, and AdrianPaul.net has the word on who'll be sharing the screen with headliner, Adrian Paul.
Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield, Cristian Solimeno, Thom Fell, Stephen Rahman Hughes and Stephen Wight will co-star in the film, directed by Brett Leonard, which is rumoured to be going straight to DVD next year.
The film, shooting in Lithuania, is believed to be the first of three new "Highlander" films.
Also in the works, an animated "Highlander" film.
The following press release comes from the Official Highlander Fan Club:
Celebrating 20 years of The Legend, Davis-Panzer Productions, Sequence Films and Grosvenor Park are proud to announce that HIGHLANDER: The Source will start shooting in Lithuania this October. Brett Leonard is set to direct with Adrian Paul playing the immortal Scottish swordsman, Duncan MacLeod.
This new adventure to be, starring Adrian Paul is the first feature in the Trilogy. The Source will tell the story of Immortals as they quest to locate the Holy Grail of their world. The entire series of films will chronicle the origins of the Immortals.
Director Brett Leonard commented "This is a tremendous opportunity for a storyteller of this genre to take part in the mythology of 20 years." He continues that "HIGHLANDER is an amazing ongoing story that I can bring my visual style to... Everything I have done has led me to this kind of mythical fantasy."
Brett Leonard pioneered the creation of digital visual effects in filmmaking with 1992's Lawnmower Man, he also directed 1995's Virtuosity, and most recently completed Marvel's Man-Thing. He is heralded as a maverick in science fiction, fantasy and adventure by creating films with a strong visual presence.
Peter Davis of Davis-Panzer Productions noted, "We are truly celebrating this milestone in HIGHLANDER history by pairing Brett and Adrian in our newest Trilogy. We anticipate that this combination will recapture the filming glory of the original HIGHLANDER."
Davis-Panzer Productions is busy further immortalizing the Clan MacLeod during the series' twentieth year with an anime feature film in partnership with Imagi and Madhouse of Japan and a video game with SCI Games Ltd. of London. There is no limit when your story is timeless and Immortal!
HIGHLANDER: The Source will be distributed in North America through Lions Gate Films and in 40 foreign territories through the top independent distributors.
Highlander - TV-Serie Staffel 1 (8 DVDs) Regionalcode 2 FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren DVD Erscheinungstermin: 1. August 2006
DVD Features: Interviews mit Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch und Alexandria Vandernoot;
Kommentare von Executive Producer Bill Panzer zu jeder Episode;
Extra Fotos jeder Episode; Das original Promo zur Serie und Behind The Scenes;
Bloopers und nicht verwendetes Filmmaterial
Highlander - TV-Serie Staffel 5 (7 DVDs) Regionalcode 2 FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren DVD Erscheinungstermin: 10. Juli 2008
Als Extras gibt es Interviews, Foto-Galerie, Erinnerungen an Bill Panzer, Bloopers und Duelle...
Infos vom Offiziellen Highlander Fan-Club...
Peter Osteried Highlander Chronicles
Um die Tragik eines niemals endenden Lebens vorzuführen, schuf Gregory Widen "Highlander". Von der einst tragischen Intention blieb nur wenig, dafür entstanden aufregende Fantasy-Abenteuer. Dieses Buch präsentiert das "Highlander"-Universum in seiner Gesamtheit. Die drei Kinofilme mit Christopher Lambert sowie alle sechs Staffeln der "Highlander"-Serie mit Adrian Paul und Elizabeth Gracen werden ausführlich vorgestellt. Aberundet wird das Ganze mit Porträts der Darsteller, einem Blick auf eine kaum bekannte Zeichentrickserie und einer Zeitlinie, die aufzeigt, wo und wann sich "Highlander" in seinem Jahrhunderte währenden Leben herumgetrieben hat...
Queen A Kind of Magic
Erscheinungstermin: 30. Juni 1986
12 Titel: u.a. One Vision; A Kind Of Magic; Friends Will Be Friends; Who Wants To Live Forever
Eidos veröffentlicht voraussichtlich 2008 das Action-Adventure "Highlander" für PS3 und Xbox 360, welches auf den Kinofilmen basiert...
Der Spieler steuert in 18 Missionen den unsterblichen Owen Macleod, der über eine Dauer von mehr als 2.000 Jahren gegen andere Unsterbliche kämpft. Die vier Schauplätze sind New York, Pompeji, Japan und die Highlands...
Eidos verspricht, dass sich unter den insgesamt 77 Charakteren auch einige familiäre aus der Highlander-Serie befinden sollen. Dazu will man epische Schlachten und Schwertkämpfe mit Katana, Claymore und Doppelschwert bieten...