"There can be only one" was the oft repeated phrase in 1986's Highlander, though with all the sequels (some theatrical, some straight to video), two live-action TV series and an animated one, there's already waaaaay more than one. Now that there's a Highlander remake in the works, perhaps that slogan should be revised to say "there can be only a handful," though I guess that doesn't have quite the same ring.

According to an item in The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment is taking a new stab at the franchise with a remake scripted by Iron Manscribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (who, incidentally, have also written a remake of Sam Peckinpah's novelty song inspired film Convoy). Peter Davis, one of the original film's producers will return to produce this new version. Summit's president of production Erik Feig, and the company's senior Vice President of production Geoff Shaevitz and creative executive Gillian Bohrer, will oversee the project for the studio.

The original film told the tale of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), born in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century. When he is struck down in battle, MacLeod learns that he cannot die, and under the tutelage of another immortal named Ramirez (Sean Connery) learns that immortals have walked the earth since the dawn of history. The only way they can die is by decapitation (necessitating the carrying of some big honking swords), and when one immortal takes the head of another he absorbs his strength. The story follows MacLeod into the 20th century up to the time of The Gathering, during which all the surviving immortals are drawn together for one big decap-athon.

So who does everyone think should be swinging the broad sword as the new Highlander?
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