There can only be one! Today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski has been hired to direct the long in development Highlander reboot. This comes off last week when Fox announced that his John Wick co-director David Leitch was hired to direct Deadpool 2. Stahelski started a stunt company with Leitch and worked on several high profile films like Captain America: Civil War as second unit directors.
Chad Stahelski goes onto talking about always being a fan of the series since high school:
“I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school. 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.”
This Highlander reboot has been long in development since Loinsgate acquired the film right’s back in 2008. Other directors have boarded and left the project including Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. The studio is also looking for a new writer to help pen the new script alongside Stahelski.
Previously, the casting for the project included Ryan Reynolds once attached to play Connor MacLeod departing back in 2013, producers attempted to court Tom Cruise to play his mentor Juan Ramirez and Dave Bautista (Guardians of The Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, Spectre) was once linked for the role of villain Krugan.
Highlander reboot has no set release date