Highlander: The Sour-ce
For anyone who was (or I suppose, is) a fan of the Buffy spin off series ANGEL an extended tale of one seeking redemption for prior sins is a familiar one [Well, to be fair, Joss Whedon didn’t mastermind the concept, but sighting the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge on a lowbrow site like this one isn’t going to get me very far, is it pop culture fans!]. As long time readers of EOL will be aware I’ve long considered the HIGHLANDER movies (and series) as something of a blight on… Well, on all of creation really. To be fair (and honest) the first HIGHLANDER movie has a place in my short list of all time favourite films. However, since the gawd-aweful travesty that was 1991’s HIGHLANDER 2: The Quickening, the Davis-Panzer people have been walking the path of the Ancient Mariner.. I mean, David Boreanaz, in an attempt to redeem the franchise. Sadly, in my opinion, they’ve never managed to match the standard set by director Russell Mulcahy and writer Gregory Widen with the first movie.
Yes, I know that Mulcahy is credited with directing the second movie, but if we’re to believe the bitching and moaning that came out after The Quickening was released, the movie he set out to make was not the film that ended up being released. There was even talk that he’d been locked out of the editing process, but I can’t confirm any of this… Either way, he was aware enough that the movie was ass to try his best to distance himself from it very early on. Clearly, in the end, everyone realised the movie was complete ass and since then the aforementioned everyone has pretended that it never even happened… Kind of like how they pretended that the utter drivel of a spin off series ‘Raven’ (1998) never happened too. I suppose it’s better to come to your senses later, rather than never! Or something to that affect.
Anyway, There was the series which started in 1992. Then HIGHLANDER 3: The Sourcerer in 1994, which had two redeeming features – The fact that it was the first real effort to ignore the second movie… wait, no! That was the only redeeming feature. 2000’s HIGHLANDER: Endgame saw the characters from the series join Christopher Lambert for the first time on the big (well, almost right to video) screen – Lambert had appeared in the series before however. ENDGAME was as much a ‘Star Trek: Generations’ for the HIGHLANDER franchise as it was, as the name suggests, an ending. It brought the original movie and the series together and wrapped everything up in a nice neat bow… Put it all in a box, put that box into a crate, put the crate on a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy cargo plane packed with C4 and slammed said plane into a remote cliff face somewhere in a remote province of Uzbekistan. Yes, the HIGHLANDER series was completely and utterly closed, fin, done with, ended, kaput… WRONG!
Apparently Davis-Panzer Productions, Sequence Films and Grosvenor Park feel that there’s still some life left in the, now 20 year old, franchise and have another three movies in the works. The first, HIGHLANDER: The Source, again features the characters from the series, in particular, Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) and Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes). However the rest of the cast are essentially unknowns, despite many of them having extensive international film experience. This new series sets out to explore the origin of the immortals powers… Which, if you’ve remembered to forget, DIDN’T come as a result of them being banished aliens from the planet Zeitgeist!
As always I’ll cling to the hope that they’ll finally have bought this franchise up to it’s original potential and will probably see this new film when it’s released (straight to dvd?) – However, while I’ll hope, I wont hold my breath. [source]