By modern day standards, 30 years is a while between drinks. As Lionsgate has decided in its wisdom to bring Highlander back to life on the big screen with the help of director Chad Stahelski. This is not an announcement made out of the blue though, with plans to reboot the franchise being made back in 2009. Only then it was Summit Entertainment who wanted Justin Lin to direct and Neal H. Moritz to produce.
Stahelski was one half of a duo with David Leitch that directed the 2014 Keanu Reeves blockbuster John Wick, with the action romp providing quite the groundwork for the pair since. Earlier in the week, Marvel announced that Leitch would take control of the Deadpool sequel following the departure of Tim Miller.
Stahelski Stunts Point To Thrill-A-Minute Ride
Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are joining the project behind the scenes to make the 1986 flick rehash appropriate for a modern audience. Summit's acquisition of the picture is expected to turn into a franchise, showing that Stahelski wasn't hired on a whim. The co-creator of the stunt company 87eleven alongside his pal Leitch has had a key role in the action sequences of huge productions like The Hunger Games, The Wolverine, Iron Man 2 and Captain America: Civil War.
This background indicates a big budget flick that won't hold back on the special effects. All while keeping a degree of realism to the fight scenes. His direction on John Wick: Chapter 2 will be released next year in February, an intriguing prospect to examine how he deals with the pressure of public expectation.
Nostalgia For Film That Flopped From The Start
Like any number of cult flicks that get the hipster treatment i.e. getting better with age, Highlander lost money at the box office as the English-American fantasy film became more iconic the longer time passed. Starring Christopher Lambert and Mr. Bond himself, Sean Connery, the Russell Mulcahy picture only made $12.9m from a $19m budget to flop in the eyes of many.
But with a score by Queen and a television series spinoff inspired by the movie, it was part of popular culture without ever looking like breaking through. While the tagline "There can be only one" becoming famous, it seems they were off the mark. There will be more...