A Highlander remake has been in development for well over a decade, but Chad Stahelski might be the filmmaker to finally get it off the ground. The movie will mark Stahelski’s first non-John Wick project since he made his directorial debut with that series’ first entry in 2014. And while speaking with Discussing Film, Stahelski gave an update on its progress.
It’s almost hard to believe that Stahelski first came aboard Highlander in late 2016. Most directors would probably jump ship after four years of delays, but Stahelski remains committed to seeing the film all the way through to the finish line. Hollywood remains in a state of flux due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, Stahelski insists that his crew has used their time in isolation to make significant strides on the upcoming reboot.
“We’re in heavy development mode on Highlander,” said Stahelski. “Tweaking the scripts, writing, conceptualizing sequences, how we’re going to do everything. We probably have a lot more in-person kind of things, but it hasn’t slowed down our development process at all.”
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Some fans might know that Stahelski did stuntwork before trying his hand behind a camera, perhaps most famously on The Matrix franchise. He’s also lent his action expertise to a number of superhero movies over the years, including Spider-Man 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Captain America: Civil War. With a resume like this, one might think it’s only a matter of time before Stahelski directs his own comic book adaptation. But according to him, this isn’t likely because he prefers to make films with heroes that are more “off-center.”
“What I guess I’m saying, I think I’m a better fan of superhero movies than I would ever be a director of one,” Stahelski explained. “So I’m going to stay in the outer periphery of that. Look at the projects in the past. I love John Wick. Is that kind of a superhero? Yeah, in a kind of hyper way absolutely. You look at Highlander. Yeah, that’s kind of a different thing. It’s a little bit more grounded, but yes, you could see the hero in that. If you look at the other projects I’m attached to, they all kind of have heroes in them. Just not with capes and kryptonite.”
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