Fans of the original Highlander film from 1986 are generally wary of new adaptations and introductions into the series. After the horror that was Highlander 2: The Quickening, most fans could be heard repeating the oft-used phrase, “There can be only one” in reference to the film. After four sequels, mostly on the bad side of filmmaking, and an animated & live action television series that started out well but degraded as the seasons progressed, perhaps it is time to reignite the series. Development for a new Highlander reboot has been in one form of development hell or another since 2008, but it seems that production may be progressing with the recent announcement that the forthcoming reboot will be the first in a trilogy.
A recent interview on Collider with director Chad Stahelski (John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2) has revealed some details pertaining to the project. Stahelski has been working on the overall plot structure with his intent being an expansion of the Highlander universe. He praised some of the more successful elements of the TV series such as the different types of immortals and the mythologies surrounding them. Stahelski feels that a similar structure is needed for the film, which is why he is gearing towards a trilogy, which would allow him to expand via chapters, similar to a television structure.
Over the years, there have been rumors of several potential cast members to include Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission Impossible, and Interview With The Vampire), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Blade 2, and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder), and Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Blade Runner 2049) but none of this seems to have carried over now that Stahelski has come on board as the film’s director. Interestingly, Ryan Reynolds will be starring in Stahelski’s next project, Deadpool 2 so it may be possible that the two will decide to work together when Highlander begins production. That is just speculation based off their association and the fact that Reynolds was previously attached to the Highlander reboot until he dropped out of the project in 2013.
There have been no announcements about a production schedule for the Highlander reboot at this time. It may be safe to treat this upcoming project as still lingering somewhere on the brink of development hell since past rumors of its development have yet to pan out. If (And we really don’t mean if) Deadpool 2 is as successful as the first film, Stahelski may carry his Hollywood clout into the offices of producers in order to get the film funded and greenlit.