• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • The Politics forum has been nuked. Please do not bring political discussion to the rest of the site, or you will be removed. Thanks.

John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Tackling 'Highlander' Reboot

Status
Not open for further replies.

lightskintwin

Banned
Mar 3, 2016
10,152
1
0
A search for new scribes to work with Stahelski is about to get underway.
There can be only one and, in this case, it's Chad Stahelski.

Stahelski, who, along with David Leitch, was the filmmaker behind John Wick, has signed on to direct the long-gestating reboot of Highlander for Lionsgate.

"I've been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school," Stahelski told 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."

Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis are producing the project, which could also see Stahelski and Leitch join the team via their 87Eleven production and action stunt company, though that is still to be determined.

The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery portrayed Egyptian Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and Clancy was a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The film — with its "There can be only one" catchphrase — spawned four sequels and three television series.

The Highlander reboot has been in the works since 2008 when Lionsgate-owned label Summit acquired the rights. The project has seen directors such as Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan go through its doors.

But Lionsgate never gave up on what it believes could be its next big franchise. A search for new scribes to work with Stahelski is about to get underway.

RCR Media Group’s principals Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will serve as executive producers on the film.

Stahelski worked in the stunt world and doubled for Keanu Reeves in the Matrix movies before co-creating the stunt company 87Wleven with Leitch.

They worked as a second unit directors on action movies ranging from Ninja Assassin to Captain America: Civil War and made their directorial debut with the well-regarded actioner John Wick, which starred Reeves and was released by Lionsgate.

Stehelski is coming off of directing the recently wrapped John Wick: Chapter 2. He is repped by WME and Lichter Grossman.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...d-stahelski-tackling-highlander-reboot-949693

Good news for Highlander fans.
 

El Topo

Member
Mar 21, 2011
16,218
0
0
I'll always have the original. Surely the reboot cannot be worse than a hypothetical sequel (that was of course never made), where it was explained that they're all from a planet called Zeist.
 

SL128

Member
Oct 17, 2014
862
0
0
25
Chicago, IL
As long as it tells a different story, and doesn't obsess with referencing the original while pretending it doesn't exist, this could be awesome.
 

Volimar

Member
Jun 11, 2011
34,722
3
685
steamcommunity.com
Surprised that such a popular film and television series never got a sequel. Probably for the best.

Maybe they can get Keanu for it. He's already immortal.
 

Blade30

Unconfirmed Member
Jan 15, 2014
2,013
0
0
Hmm isn't he busy with John Wick 2 and the team up movie with Tonya Jaa, Iko Uwais and the Grandmaster guy?

He should combine his Deadpool and Highlander projects into one movie.

That's David Leitch not Stahelski.
 

Extra Sauce

Member
Mar 29, 2010
16,261
1
745
They can change anything they want, just keep the trench coat/blue jeans/sneakers/maroon leather gloves combo. It's important
to me because I am a crazy person.
 

BreezyLimbo

Banned
Jul 11, 2014
36,963
1
0
Only if they use Princes of the Universe

here we are

born to be kings

ahem

The john wick director sure is tackling alot of things. Hopefully he doesn't get burnt out.
 
Apr 14, 2016
711
0
0
Pennsylvania
Lambert or death.

Lol. I'm a fan of Christopher Lambert myself but short of a cameo that probably won't happen. Too old and I think he's even like mostly blind.

Watch the Fortress movies if you haven't and are a fan of his.

I'd entertain this, maybe even in a theater. Always liked the first one and Endgame (for some reason).
 

Slaythe

Member
Apr 18, 2014
13,391
1
0
He's not blind he just needs glasses.

He has been acting while not seeing much for decades.
 

Sephzilla

Member
Feb 13, 2013
54,446
10
405
Give it to Snyder though

 

Mengy

wishes it were bannable to say mean things about Marvel
Jun 8, 2004
9,648
15
1,640
Highlander is one of the few properties I actually think needs a reboot. The concept is fantastic but it was never executed properly

As much as I love the original, I kind of agree. A very well done reboot that stayed true to the core of what made the original great could really be worth doing.

I’m tepidly hopeful.
 
Dec 11, 2012
22,028
2
0
There should have been only one :(

Highlander is one of the few properties I actually think needs a reboot. The concept is fantastic but it was never executed properly

For real though, if anything needs a fucking reboot (although really they have basically done soft-reboots with every film past the second one), it's this franchise.

But so much of the charm was it's setting and lighting. They need to do what they did with Jobs, shoot the film on 16mm or something to have a chance to replicate that look.
 

Enduin

No bald cap? Lies!
Nov 29, 2006
13,300
0
1,305
More flashbacks and montages. They're the best parts.

Actually just make the whole movie a series of flashback montages that then end with the final scene of MacLeod slicing the Kurgan's head off in the present.
 

Count of Monte Sawed-Off

un33dab@dpu$$y
Mar 18, 2008
19,107
35
1,280
Whatever it is, it can't be worse than most of the other Highlander movies. The concept of the series is one of my favorites and open to so many possibilities, but the execution in most of the movies is poor. That last one with Duncan somehow managed to be worse than Highlander 2.
 

Dunlop

Member
Oct 2, 2007
10,961
3
965
One of my favorite childhood movies.

I'm glad they didn't fuck up the amazing lore by making a string of horrible nonsensical sequels, I mean he couldn't be the ONE otherwise......
 

Retro

Member
Dec 7, 2008
16,340
1
1,055
According to Latino Review (which is supposedly pretty reliable), Dave Bautista will be playing The Kurgan.

The rumor mill had Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hardy as Connor MacLeod at different points, and Tom Cruise as Ramirez. Pretty sure those are all bunk.
 

Skellig Gra

Member
Aug 24, 2007
20,771
2
1,195
Daniel Craig as Ramirez

According to Latino Review (which is supposedly pretty reliable), Dave Bautista will be playing The Kurgan.

The rumor mill had Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hardy as Connor MacLeod at different points, and Tom Cruise as Ramirez. Pretty sure those are all bunk.
Hardy and Bautista would work, the others? nah
 

Sephzilla

Member
Feb 13, 2013
54,446
10
405
According to Latino Review (which is supposedly pretty reliable), Dave Bautista will be playing The Kurgan.

The rumor mill had Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hardy as Connor MacLeod at different points, and Tom Cruise as Ramirez. Pretty sure those are all bunk.

Batista as Kurgan and Hardy as MacLeod are some pretty good picks, in my opinion.

Lambert needs to cameo in the movie too.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.