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Stunt-man turned director Chad Stahelski has certainly had a good start to his burgeoning career as an action auteur. John Wick began what is now in the process of becoming a hugely successful franchise. Two films in, with a booming and expansive box office appeal. Next up for him is, all being well (as this project has long gestated and had directors come and go, year on year) is a remake of Highlander.
Now I should state two things now. Firstly, I love Highlander. The first film is an underrated piece of brilliance. From the visuals, to the music to the sheer style of it, Highlander is one of a kind. It then spawned four more films (none of which were good) and a TV show, as well as comics, anime and more. »
- Amie Cranswick
For years, the Highlander remake was passed around various writers and directors like the cinematic equivalent of a hot potato, effectively sentencing Lionsgate and Summit’s fantasy actioner to the shelf in perpetuity. The dormant project was then given a lifeline late last year after John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski climbed aboard to direct and develop Lionsgate’s reboot, and the filmmaker has now offered up some tantalizing new details while doing the press rounds for the imminent John Wick: Chapter 2.
First up, Stahelski spoke to Collider regarding his long-time affinity with Highlander, along with the possibility of expanding the universe into a bona fide trilogy. News that Lionsgate is eager to engineer a new series of fantasy blockbusters isn’t all that surprising, particularly now that The Divergent Series has been overhauled for a TV finale and is all but set to go out on a whimper.
- Michael Briers
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