As a long time fan of the Highlander franchise, I’ve been waiting a long time to see something new from the series. It’s a premise ripe with potential (though many of the sequels failed to capitalize on them), and given the technology/choreography of today could be filled with some awesome action.
The road to seeing a remake/reboot happen, however, has been long and winding. Summit/Lionsgate have been trying to make it a reality for eight years now and despite having gone through three directors already (Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan), think they’ve found the right person with John Wick’s Chad Stahelski.
The director has wrapped up work on John Wick 2, and according to THR (who broke the news), Lionsgate is now actively hunting down new writers to work with him. Stahelski seems like a solid choice, as his experience with badass action will serve him well in a modern reboot about immortal sword fighters. He seems excited about it as well, saying:
“I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school,” Stahelski told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Let’s just hope that this time around, it all works out and we finally get to see Highlander back on the big screen. What do you think about this choice of director?