The reboot of the cult classic HIGHLANDER has taken a big step forward as they have found a director in John Wick helmer Chad Stahelski. The project has been sitting on the shelf at Lionsgate since 2008 and had a revolving door of talent attached to it including Travis Fimmel, Kevin Costner, Liam Neeson, and Ryan Reynolds. The studio is currently on the hunt for screenwriters to take on a revamp of the script.
Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis are set to produce the remake of the original Highlander which was released in 1986 and starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. They played immortal beings, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery portrayed Egyptian Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and Clancy was a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The film coined the popular catchphrase, “There can be only one” and spawned four sequels as well as three television series.
“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.”
Stahelski has worked as a stuntman, coordinator, and martial arts choreographer in many films including The Matrix, Captain America: Civil War, Ninja Assassin, The Expendables 2, The Wolverine, and more. He also serves as the director and executive producer of the upcoming sequel John Wick: Chapter 2.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer