John Wick was perhaps one of the best pure action movies we have seen this decade, so director Chad Stahelski made it onto a lot of people's radar for his work on that movie. Now he is going to be tackling another potentially action-heavy franchise, but this time it will be a reboot instead of an original idea. His next project will be the long in development Highlander remake.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Chad Stahelski will be tackling the reboot for Lionsgate. The director seemed enthusiastic about the opportunity and has been a fan of the original Highlander for quite some time. Here is what he had to say.
"I've been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school. Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology. I can't think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces."
Chad Stahelski had some help on the first John Wick from his co-director David Deitch. He decided not to stick around for John Wick: Chapter Two, but he did land a major gig in the form of directing Deadpool 2 following Tim Miller's unexpected exit from the project. Not that Highlander is anywhere near the level of something like Deadpool, at least right now, but both directors are reaping the benefits of their work on a well received, financially successful movie. It also doesn't hurt that the John Wick franchise is also at Lionsgate.
The original Highlander came out in 1986 and follows a Scottish swordsman who must battle his immortal counterpart so that he may become the sole member of this immortal and legendary line of men. In addition to being one of the things that Sean Connery is most recognized for outside of his turn as James Bond, the movie is responsible for the very famous "there can only be one" line. In this case, that one is Chad Stahelski. The movie wasn't a major hit at the box office, but it did go on to become a major cult classic and remains a generally well-regarded fantasy movie. It currently holds a 70 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Even though the original Highlander didn't make bank at the box office, the franchise has expanded a lot over the years, with mixed results. There have been four live-action sequels as well as an animated movie, with the most recent being 2007's Highlander: The Source. There have also been quite a few novels, a couple of different Highlander comic book series and short-lived animated series. Perhaps the most popular was the long-running syndicated live-action TV series. There is a lot to draw from for this reboot, which has had directors like Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached at various points. Whatever work has been done on the reboot up to this point doesn't really matter, because Chad Stahelski will reportedly be starting from scratch. There is no word on when Lionsgate is hoping to start shooting the movie or an anticipated release date, but we will be sure to keep you updated as more details on the Highlander reboot become available.