Chad Stahelski

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.

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(*Insert There can be only one joke here) Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, Lionsgate and Summit teamed up back in 2008 to acquire the rights to Highlander with plans to reboot the franchise on the big screen. There have been a number of directors attached to the project like Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, but in a move much like the Highlander plot without all the head chopping off, there can be only one. Dammit, we just couldn’t stay away from that joke could we. THR is reporting that John Wick Co-director Chad Stahelski is now in the Highlander center seat. (more…)