Just a couple of days ago we posted a story about how the director of John Wick had been signed up for Deadpool 2. Now we’re telling you that the director of John Wick as been signed up for a Highlander movie reboot. Which might leave you thinking, “Busy man!” but there’s something you need to remember: John Wick was co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
So, it’s Leitch who’s got the Deadpool sequel while today The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Stahelski has nabbed the Highlander gig.
“I‘ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school,” says Stahelski. “Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colourful mythology. I can’t think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces.”
The original Highlander (1986), directed by Russell Mulcahy, starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery in a film that’s as notorious for its accent mangling as it is for it stunning visuals. Frenchman Lambert played the immortal Scotsman Connor MacLeod, who was mentored by Scotsman Sean Connery playing a Spaniard. MacLeod was one of a number of immortals who were all hellbent on killing all other immortals so they could be the “only one”. The epic, action-packed fantasy spanned centuries of the ongoing battle until only MacLeod and the dead hard Kurgan (Clancy Brown) were left. All the while MacLeod carried a torch for the woman he loved before he became an immortal who he watched grow old and die while he stayed young. Freddie Mercury and Brian May warbled “Who Wants To Live Forever” on the soundtrack just to really hammer the point home.
And it was glorious. Ropey effects and all, it still looks great today.
There was a terrible sequel, Highlander 2, in 1991 that re-invented the mythology that we hope the new film ignores, and a third film, Highlander: The Sorcerer (1994) which will be easy to ignore because no one remembers it. Then there was a six season TV series and a cartoon series and a (really very good) anime film, all of which the new film will probably have to ignore because of the weight of continuity they bring with them. Oh, and the TV series span on into a couple of films as well… Yeah, we’re kinda guessing this reboot might just start from ground zero again.
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