New book to explore the making of the original Highlander

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The tale behind 1986’s Highlander is set to be told in a brand new book, that’s heading into stores in September – details here.

The 1986 movie Highlander brought together Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, under the eye of director Russell Mulcahy. It managed to lure Queen to do the music for the feature, and unbeknownst to everyone at the time, it’d end up launching both a run of, er, ‘sequels of variable quality’, as well as a hit TV show. Talk continues too about a fresh movie reboot.

See also: Sean Connery and his Highlander contract restrictions.

Author Jonathan Melville though is now set to tell the story of the original movie. Of how a pair of American producers gambled on the movie, and what happened next. Melville has got Lambert and Clancy Brown amongst the 60 people involved with the film telling their story of it. And the book is up for preorder now, pending its release in September.

More details on it can be found here.

And we’ll leave you with its official synopsis, and the book cover…

The story of an immortal Scottish warrior battling evil down through the centuries, Highlander fused a high concept idea with the kinetic energy of a pop promo pioneer and Queen’s explosive soundtrack to become a cult classic.

When two budget-conscious American producers took a chance on a college student’s script, they set in motion a chain of events involving an imploding British film studio, an experimental music video director still finding his filmmaking feet, a former James Bond with a spiralling salary, and the unexpected arrival of low-budget indie film company, Cannon Films.

Author Jonathan Melville looks back at the creation of Highlander with the help of more than 60 new cast and crew interviews, including stars Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown, revisiting the gruelling shoot that took them from the back alleys of London, to the far reaches of the Scottish Highlands and onto the mean streets of 1980s New York City.

With exclusive writer commentary on unmade scripts, a fresh look at contemporary production material, never-beforeseen photos from private collections, previously unpublished storyboards and artwork, a glimpse into the promotional campaign that never was, and a look at the ever-expanding franchise, A Kind of Magic is the book no Highlander fan can be without.


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