What comes to mind when you think Highlander, hmm? Swarthy Scotsmen with hundred-year-old grudges. Christopher Lambert’s forehead. Sean Connery’s impeccable style in a feathered hat and puffed sleeves. Adrian Paul’s exquisite hair and full eyebrows. The katana carnage, the Quickening, Queen’s “Princes of the Universe,” and the fact that “there can be only one.”
Ryan Reynolds? Yeah, not so much.
And yet, the Green Lantern star is rumored to be up for the lead in a Highlander reboot directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so there is no need to panic (or rejoice, depending on your level of loyalty to the franchise). There is a certain degree of camp that is perfectly acceptable for any story surrounding the Clan Macleod. What would Highlander be without spark-spewing swordplay, melodramatic banter, and brooding protagonists? Judging from his previous films, Reynolds is no stranger to campy cinema. But whether or not he possesses the intensity to be our next melon-lopping hero is yet to be determined.
All this begs the question, what other films/television shows need to be rebooted? Which ones are sacred in their original form? What should simply be left alone because it was just awful the first time around?
A Classic Sci-Fi television series with Jim Henson Creature Shop creations! This could totally work, provided it remains completely self-aware and pays homage to Mr. Henson.
Remember how we said some things are sacred in their original form? This might be one of them. Few TV couples have ever reached the perfect blend of sexual tension and friendship between Mulder and Scully. Could they reboot this successfully? Perhaps, but it would have to stand on its own, finding a new duo strong enough to hold up to the Fox/Dana shippers.
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Basically, Kevin Sorbo, Bruce Campbell, and Ted Raimi raided a local theatre costume shop and gave us the most hilarious bastardizations of our favorite Greek myths to boot. A few other people joined in too, like Gina Torres (Firefly) and that girl who danced on the car in that White Snake video. All this took place against the gorgeous backdrop of New Zealand. Let’s do it again!
- Xena: Warrior Princess
This spinoff was a lot like Hercules, but cuter. It followed pretty much the exact same format, differing slightly with the sheer quantity of leather corsets and lesbian innuendo . If you’re going to reboot one, you might as well reboot the other.
- Quantum Leap
In this early 90s series, Scott Bakula played physicist Sam Beckett who used time travel to fix all the things that went wrong in history. It was arguably one of the best cult shows ever, full of whimsy and quirk. Could they do it again? Sure!
As much as we love it, we highly doubt this would survive a reboot. You simply can’t have Jareth the Goblin King with anyone but David Bowie. Even if they got David Bowie to do it again, the modern take on whiny teenagers has more to do with vampire lust these days than anything resembling Jennifer Connolly’s overactive imagination. Too bad.
- The NeverEnding Story
Every good children’s movie should encourage kids to read, and few do it as well as The NeverEnding Story. It was beautiful and inspiring in its simplicity, invoking magic with storybook theatre type lighting and puppetry. If the right director got their hands on it, a reboot could be great. You have to wonder though, would today’s CGI kill some of the charm?
- Soylent Green
This one is old, but probably more relevant today than it was in the early 70s. With the outcry in recent years over what is being pumped into our food, a retelling of this Charlton Heston classic is certainly due. We won’t give away the ending, but let’s all be wary of funky colored chow.
What do you think should be remade?