We recently announced that the director of John Wick 2 was chosen by Lionsgate to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot and yesterday, he finally came out and talked about the project. This is big news for a franchise that has suffered from poor sequels and development hell for the reboot. Now that John Wick 2 is out in theaters, director Chad Stahelski (John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2) can refocus on the project and bring the immortals back to the big screen.
Stahelski’s work on the John Wick franchise has certainly been well received so any potential involvement on the Highlander reboot has already gotten fans excited. He has previously stated how much he loved the original when he first saw it in 1986 and has even drawn some comparisons to Keanu Reeves‘ and his latest project:
“Right now, I’m very interested in doing the Highlander property,” Stahelski told EW. “It’s scarily similar to John Wick. There’s a great mythology, it’s got an action-design challenge. What would a guy really be like after 500 years of practicing sword-work? I’m still a stunt guy at heart. You want to reinvent gunfights, how do you do it? You want to reinvent swordfighting, how do you do it? And that’s where we are at now. I love the first Highlander and I think I’m in a pretty good spot.”
For fans of the original, things are looking up. Stahelski has been pretty outspoken regarding the crappy sequels and retconned ideology made in the past. The Immortals were altered to be aliens from the planet Zeist thanks to the horrific Highlander 2: The Quickening and the sequels that followed weren’t any better.
“When I came on, the property had already been developed for a couple of years and, as things happen in Hollywood, yeah, there was aliens, meteors, spaceships, uh, DNA mutations, terrorists,” he shared. “I mean, they’d tried to drag every plot into the Immortal world. My personal opinion, I don’t want to see any of that. I’m not interested. I have seen other movies like that. I haven’t seen the Immortal world.”
One of the best aspects of the director’s involvement is his desire to introduce more Immortals to the Highlander universe. The original film only showcased four (Five if you count the dude who was beheaded in the opening scene), but Stahelski has some big plans everyone should be excited about:
“What, you met four Immortals on the first movie? I think I can introduce you to an entire world of Immortals,” he offered. “Imagine the great characters you could have. I mean, it speaks for itself. So, that’s the plan: to stay as true as we can to the original mythology, and just expand the world, and have fun within the world — without bringing in interstellar travel!”
That’s all the information that has been discussed to date so keep an eye on NerdBastards.com for upcoming news and information related to the Highlander reboot.