While it’s been placed in development hell for many years, the Highlander franchise could finally be on the path to resurrection thanks to stuntman and director Chad Stahelski (John Wick) taking on the project.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Stahelski is set to come aboard as the film’s director and is currently searching for a new writer to help him bring the project to life. “I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school,” said Stahelski. “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.”
The 1986 cult classic starred Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown and Sean Connery, and followed the adventures of a highlander named Conor MacLeod, who learns he is immortal and must battle over time for a distant and mysterious prize.
A remake has been in the works since 2008 with directors such as Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan attached, while the project itself was at one stage set to go with Ryan Reynolds as McLeod and Dave Bautista as The Kurgan.
With Stahelski at the helm we could get a very interesting new adaptation, and we’ll certainly be keen to see how the project evolves.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter