Adrian Paul, who has starred for six seasons in the syndicated “Highlander” series, has made a $1 million deal with Dimension Films to star in the next “Highlander” film.
Dimension hopes Paul can revive the film series about immortals who can only be killed by decapitation. The sequels to the successful 1986 original proved there’s another way to kill a Highlander: by making two forgettable followups. Just as the “Next Generation” cast beamed up from TV to revive the “Star Trek” film franchise, Dimension hopes that tapping the star of the internationally successful syndicated series has the same impact.
The film’s being scripted by Eric Bernt and produced by Bill Panzer and Peter Davis, the architects of the series. Original star Christopher Lambert is expected to be part of the film as well, but the spotlight will be on Paul, whose series has rehabilitated the concept. It has had a six-season run and is a big primetime hit in Europe.
“It has been very difficult to not be seen as an action show, and they started taking the show that direction in the second season,” said Paul. “I said I wouldn’t do that. I didn’t want to be in just another kung fu series. I want to do something that had romance, history. Otherwise we’re just another syndicated show everyone sneers at.”