Christopher Lambert may have an extensive list of credits to his name, but to a certain fanbase, he will forever be remembered as Connor MacLeod, the character he portrayed in the 1986 cult classic Highlander (and several of its sequels). However, in the age of remakes and reboots, there can’t be only one.
We’ve heard for a while that Ryan Reynolds is on board to headline the new take on the franchise. That project has recently hit a snag with the loss of director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). While it’s too early to assume that the project is dead in the water, it does – for now, at least – appear to be in development hell.
Recently, Lambert was asked about his thoughts on that project and whether or not he’d appear. Courtesy of TODAY (via Comic Book Movie), here are his thoughts on Reynolds’ reported involvement:
“First of all, I think he’s a really good actor. On top of it, he’s somebody sensitive. If I was the producer or the director, I would go as far as possible away from the original ‘Highlander’ to try to create a new ‘original’ ‘Highlander.’ I am talking about the script. Because the combination of what ‘Highlander’ was about, plus Queen’s music, was unbelievable. So I don’t think a remake would work … I think a good one would be ‘Man on Fire,’ which was directed by Elie Chouraqui – a French director – and then re-made (in 2004) by Tony Scott. It wasn’t a “remake” of the movie. It was a new ‘Man on Fire.’ And that’s exactly what I would do with ‘Highlander.’ You cannot duplicate something, no matter how big it could be. You cannot duplicate ‘The Killer’ from John Woo; you cannot duplicate ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ by Sergio Leone. You can re-do something, but don’t try and copy.”
Most fans would agree that the Highlander franchise should take the approach of its television spin-off and focus on another member of the MacLeod clan of immortals, rather than simply offer a reproduction of Connor’s story. In this context, of course, it would be easy to include a cameo for Lambert to reprise his role. The actor too revealed if fans should expect him to brandish the sword once more.
“No. Because first of all, it’s too close to me, and I’ve done my ‘Highlander’ bit. I’ve had a great time with it … If they were asking me to do like five minutes in it just as a wink to the audience, I would do it. But they didn’t. I think it would be right that they don’t ask. They have to stay away from the original.”
One can’t argue with Lambert’s decision to let his Highlander legacy rest in peace. However, with Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat reboot finally taking shape, one wonders if Lambert would consider donning the white robes and lightning-filled eyes of Lord Rayden once more. That role is also arguably one of his most memorable and would be an easy way for Tancharoen’s film to attract longtime fans who have fond memories of the 1995 film in which Lambert appeared.
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Source: TODAY (via Comic Book Movie)