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  • Would you accept a gender-bending Highlander remake?



    I mean, with female versions of Connor, Ramirez, the Kurgan, and male versions of Heather and Brenda. Not necessarily the same characters, but essentially filling the same roles or archetypes.
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  • #2
    I wouldn't mind. It would be interesting to see what they come up with for The Kurgan because in the historic context they would have quite a few challenges, brute forcing herself through history seems unlikely. I don't see why Ramírez couldn't or shouldn't be female.

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    • #3
      As long as they write a different story and use different names and situations. Basic themes about Immortals but seen from the female viewpoint. There were female immortals shown in the two series. Developing a film or series based on one of the older ones would be a great way to show the world about Immortals without trampling on or remaking what has gone before.

      Rebecca Horne, Kyra, Cassandra, Ceirdwyn, Nefertiri were all ancient ones. Amanda, Catherine, Grace, Katya, Regan, and Felicia Martin's were all around too.

      I could support a new version as long as they don't make the immortal a MacLeod too.

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      • #4
        I'd be more likely to watch that than a more straight remake, seriously, they want to honor the Original? then leave that one alone, similar story setup ok, but all differnt Character names, the Story of Connor Macleod is over, it's been over since the original film ended, it got dug back up, time to leave that behind, unless Adrian Paul is going to be playing him, don't use Duncan. use some originality, they want to use the Macleod name, I'd prefer the leave it alone, but cant win them all, just don't do an obvious recyling, try some new things? sure, no Immortals with limbs digitally growing back. If there was a serious attempt to create a Female Highlander, totally differn't character in her own right, that be fine.

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        • #5
          And don't let Paul Feig touch it!

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          • #6
            That sounds like a great idea. Worked for the Ghostbusters remake.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Draknoir2 View Post
              That sounds like a great idea. Worked for the Ghostbusters remake.
              Paul Feig took Slime and turned it into Shit!

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              • #8
                I agree with Colleengael. If it was a different story. Just replacing the original characters with females would go against what has become cannon. If they want to make a Highlander movie that explores one or more of the female Immies' histories that would be excellent as they never got that much exposure (except for Amanda) in the series and none in the movies.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hatter76 View Post
                  And don't let Paul Feig touch it!
                  Didn't know the director's name. I owe you a Coke.

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                  • #10
                    Honestly, if they are going to remake it I'd almost want them to just do something different because I don't need a better version of the same thing. Just cast a female lead who can actually handle a sword. I want the sword fights to look good! There are plenty that could do it.

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                    • Colleengael
                      Colleengael commented
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                      Then they should cast Roberta Brown. She works with Tony De Longis and Bob Chapin. She was the stunt double on Queen of Swords and has also taught the Rainbow Flying Fan classes with Elizabeth Gracen.

                  • #11
                    Constance MacLeod? The Spanish Pea Hen? The Kurganuh, Heath and Brendan? Mmm, I'm with Coleengael and Lady_CJ: gotta change the plot. And define a whole style of fighting that relies on speed and wily-ness instead of upper body strength.

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                    • #12
                      If it was done well then yeah. The way you do that kind of thing wrong is by making it all about the fact that they are female. The Ghostbusters remake is the worst example of this in recent times. Both the marketing and the script focused on the fact that the protagonists were women to the point where they suggested that anyone who disliked the film only disliked it because it featured women. It was very cynical and disingenuous on the part of the makers.

                      I think that my favourite female protagonist of all time is Ripley from the Aliens franchise. She's a great character that every science-fiction fan loves (including the ones who hated the Ghostbusters remake). Not once in the series is attention drawn to the fact that she's a woman—that fact is incidental, as it should be. It would have been the easiest and most predictable thing in the world for Ridley Scott and James Cameron to have made the men around Ripley constantly doubting her because she's a female, but it never comes up. Instead the focus is rightly on the plot and her ability to resolve the problems at hand. The same is true whenever you're featuring atypical characters in a role. If it becomes about what makes them atypical in that position, then it starts to feel like a gimmick, and it quite often is. The only exception would be if the plot itself is about them overcoming adversity to be accepted in that position, and there are countless film that revolve around that, though obviously a Highlander remake wouldn't be one of them.

                      What was surprising is that The Raven didn't fall into the above trap. It's surprising because at the time it was made that kind of thing was all the rage. But the writers wisely avoided it. So we've already got one example in the same series where they at the very least avoided falling into the worst trap of all. I've never once heard anyone complaining that there's a Highlander series starring a woman.

                      But as for having the exact same characters as the original film, just as female versions—I don't think that would work because the script is written with the dynamics between males and females in mind. If I try to imagine Connor's pursuit of Brenda or his scene with the dying Heather redone exactly the same but with the sexes reversed, it just seems deeply wrong to me. But if you kept the archetypes and did a rewrite, I think it could work. They would never do it now though. Especially not in the wake of the reaction to the new Ghostbusters. It wouldn't be a worthwhile risk for them I don't think.
                      Last edited by David McMurdo; 05-19-2017, 07:07 PM.
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                      "The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No-one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is at the Father's side, he has made Him known." - John 1:17,18

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                      • #13
                        It's funny you mention that .. it was mentioned that they wanted to do a gender swap on ramirez...we did some preliminary art on her and her weapons and history. Even wrote a few shorts with her and the kurgan as past lovers... I don't think it went anywhere ...

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by David McMurdo View Post
                          They would never do it now though. Especially not in the wake of the reaction to the new Ghostbusters. It wouldn't be a worthwhile risk for them I don't think.
                          Probably not. Though that movie's failure had a lot more to do with it being painfully unfunny and insipid than it having four female leads.
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                          • #15
                            Ghostbusters remake was horrible, in every aspect imaginable.
                            It's getting funky up in herre!

                            Midnight Rambler formerly known as...

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