The team behind the reboot of Highlander are ‘closer than they’ve ever been’ to officially announcing the film.
The long-gestating Highlander reboot seems to be taking an age to get to the screen considering it’s such an easy sell: a bunch of sword-wielding immortals battling through the ages to claim their destiny should be an attractive-enough concept to get anybody onside. Yet successive directors and movie stars have failed to get the project off the ground for well over ten years now.
Chad Stahelski – director of the John Wick films – is set to helm the current iteration of the reboot, with The Witcher's Henry Cavill set to star. However, Stahelski’s schedule is pretty stacked with John Wick 4 and a live-action adaptation of the PlayStation game, Ghost Of Tsushima in the works, which he also plans to direct himself.
That said, the filmmaker surfaced a few weeks ago to offer a brief update on the Highlander project, promising fans who might be getting a bit worried that ‘it is still happening’. Now, Stahelski has offered a slightly more detailed nugget of information, saying that the planned film is very close to taking off.
“We’re in the process of tweaking right now. I think we know what we want. More importantly than anything, we know what we want to make. It’s in the creatives. We know what we’re trying to make. It’s just a matter of getting it to the point where we feel ‘okay, this is it. Let’s go’. But we’re closer than we’ve ever been, so that’s good.”
The 1986 original is a divisive film with some dubbing it as a cult classic whereas others may feel differently. Either way, the saga’s premise is a strong one and if Stahelski can bring those John Wick sensibilities to the table alongside Henry Cavill’s physical prowess, it could be a barnburner of a film.
For those Highlander fans who’ve waited patiently for many years now, Stahelski’s words may be comforting but until the film is officially announced, they won’t be taking anything for granted.
Thank you for visiting! If you’d like to support our attempts to make a non-clickbaity movie website:
Buy our Film Stories and Film Junior print magazines here.
Become a Patron here.