After almost a decade in development limbo, there is finally some movement on Lionsgate-Summit's planned Highlander (1986) reboot, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that John Wick (2014) co-director Chad Stahelski is set to take on the project.
Despite the seemingly compelling concept of immortal warriors (including Christopher Lambert's Connor MacLeod in the original movies) battling for supremacy and power until only one remains, the idea has proved tricky, with directors such Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) nabbing the responsibility then walking away in the past few years.
"I've been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school," Stahelski tells The Hollywood Reporter. "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." He will find and start working with writers to flesh out his vision for the new film.
After bringing the world a lethal Keanu Reeves with the first John Wick alongside David Leitch, Stahelski has directed the sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, alone. The new movie will be out here on 17 February.