Microgaming has signed a licensing agreement with French production giant StudioCanal to develop a new slot game based on the 1980s action film Highlander.

The first Highlander film was released in 1986 starring Christophe Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown and featuring music by Queen. Jumping between 1980s New York and Scotland in the 16th century, it tells the story of a series of immortal swordsmen that fight for supremacy over the centuries.

The film has developed into a cult classic, with six sequels released and a remake currently in development. It has also spawned live action and animated TV adaptations as well as books and comics.

"Highlander is seen as one of the great cult hits of the 80s," Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds commented. "With its action-packed storyline and hefty rock inspired composition, it is a fantastic brand for an online slot.

"The game studio is busy completing the slot that captures all of the movie magic. The game's features will incorporate the historical Scottish Highlands and gritty New York City, with a classic movie poster art style and blistering guitar tracks."

The licensing agreement was brokered by Creative Licensing Corporation, with the game set to launch on December 6th.

"Many of the iconic characters from classic Highlander are featured in the slot, including Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, Roxanne Hart as Brenda Wyatt and Clancy Brown as The Kurgan," Creative Licensing director of business development Stephanie Kupperman said. "We think fans are really going to enjoy revisiting this epic story, and seeing their favourite heroes and villains in game format."