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Fans of the Highlander movies, as well as the live-action and animated TV series, can now check out the trailer for Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, a new animated feature being released directly to DVD by Starz Home Entertainment this June. The film is directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the respected anime master behind the hits Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, as well as the “Program” segment of The Animatrix.
The Highlander mythology involves a clandestine race of sword-wielding immortals locked in a centuries-old competition to be the last survivor. While Highlander: The Search for Vengeance offers a new anime twist, it’s very much connected to previous productions in the franchise. The film was developed and produced by Peter Davis and Bill Panzer, the team behind the live-action films and TV series, and written by series head writer David Abramowitz.
Animation was handled by Japan’s Madhouse, whose credits include Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. Production was overseen by Hong Kong’s Imagi Animation Studios Ltd., which provided primary animation for DreamWorks' NBC series Father of the Pride and the feature film TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which hits theaters on March 23.
A fifth live action feature titled Highlander: The Source has been completed and is in need of a distributor. Dimension Films was originally on board to put it into theaters in 2005 but has since dropped the movie from its lineup. Reviews from fans who have seen the film have not been especially kind. Perhaps the future of the franchise lies in animation.
To see the trailer for Highlander: Search for Vengeance, go to http://www.highlandersearchforvengeance.com/.source: Animation Magazine