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Hopes of luring Highlander remake

Kevin McKidd
Elgin-born Kevin McKidd has been linked with the role of Conor MacLeod

The film company behind plans to remake the 1986 cult movie Highlander have been offered help looking at possible locations in Scotland.

Scottish Screen has passed its contact details to Summit Entertainment via the US office of the UK Film Council.

The original film, starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, has scenes shot in the north west Highlands.

Summit Entertainment owns the rights to the remake but has not yet put it into production.

Panned by critics, Highlander was a hit with cinema audiences and was followed up by a series of sequels and a television series.

It has a massive cult following
David Win
Eilean Donan Castle

French actor Lambert played Connor MacLeod, an immortal who fought his first battle in the Scottish Highlands in 1536.

He goes on to combat other immortals on the streets of New York City in 1986, killing them by cutting off their heads.

Connery starred as Spanish sword fighter Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez.

Scenes were shot at Eilean Donan Castle, at Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Loch Shiel and on the Cioch, a pinnacle of rock in the Cuillin mountain range on Skye.

Movie magazines, including Empire, have reported on plans for the remake and have linked writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to turning out the script.

The pair wrote the script for Iron Man, which starred Robert Downey Jnr.

Newspaper reports have previously linked Elgin-born actor Kevin McKidd to the role of Connor MacLeod.

He has appeared in Trainspotting, werewolf horror Dog Soldiers, Rome and US medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Glasgow-based Scottish Screen said it had offered its contact details to Summit Entertainment.

Teenage vampires

The film company has options on Highlander and 18 other possible titles. It means it would have first shout on making the film, if finance was raised or a script produced.

Summit Entertainment's movies include teenage vampires blockbuster Twilight, Knowing starring Nicholas Cage and forthcoming bomb disposal film The Hurt Locker.

David Win, keeper of Eilean Donan Castle, said he has been aware of the planned remake for more than a year.

He said: "Whether or not they choose to use the same locations as the first remains to be seen. Some remakes do try and do something different from the first."

More than 20 years after the original, Mr Win said people continued to visit the castle just because it featured in the film.

He said: "It has a massive cult following."

A mock village that took six weeks to build next to the castle is now the site of the property's visitor centre.

Trish Shorthouse, of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Commission, said she would be delighted to see the Highlander locations back on the big screen.

She said: "It is an iconic film.

"There have been sequels that have not been shot in the area, but if it is a true remake I would be delighted to see those prime locations used again and we would work very hard to help them."



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