The two plots seem very similar:

A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.

Obviously it's taking form the age old trope of 'What ever you kill makes you stronger' (the oldest example I can think of is tales of eating dragon hearts to strengthen you).

But have the writers/producers/people involved ever said that Highlander was a direct inspiration? If not are there any other clues from either film that tie them together?

  • It seemed like 'The One' bastardized many movies besides just Highlander, especially 'Timecop', 'The Matrix', and a couple X-Files episodes. Oct 13, 2012 at 0:48
  • Isn't imitation supposedly the highest form of praise? Regardless, I enjoyed the film.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Oct 13, 2012 at 1:03
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    Timecop was so bad that if you manage to steal from it and still have a watchable movie, it's not so much theft as it is eminent domain for the public benefit.
    – John O
    Oct 13, 2012 at 1:34
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    I've never seen time cop, but it sounds most excellent.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Oct 13, 2012 at 9:42
  • The concept is less whatever you kill makes you stronger and more tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ConservationOfNinjutsu As each version is killed the "power" is distributed to the remaining instances of the individual.
    – Jontia
    May 11, 2018 at 12:19

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The only cast/crew connection between the two films is that they share a stunt director named Gregory J. Barnett. 'The One' also shared a Casting Director with the TV series 'Highlander'.

Frankly 'The One' is such a grotesque mish-mash of stolen movie concepts and tropes that it's hard to pin down any specific inspiration. I've not seen any indication that the screenplay (as written by Glenn Morgan) was directly inspired by 'Highlander' although it's very likely he would have seen it a few years before he wrote the screenplay.

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    – Valorum
    Dec 1, 2014 at 0:17

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