Update Post: November 30, 2023 5:25 pm
John Wick director Chad Stahelski is working on a few different film projects right now including an adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima, Rainbow Six with Michael B. Jordan, and a reboot of the classic fantasy film Highlander with Hanry Cavill.
During a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the filmmaker offered an update on Highlander and said it will include both familiar characters and “elements” taken from the ‘90s TV series. He said:
“We’re looking to do our story [and it] engages a lot of the same characters and stuff like that. But we’ve also brought in elements of all the TV shows. We’re trying to do a bit of a prequel setup to The Gathering.”
That set up to The Gathering refers to the culmination of the near-eternal battle among immortals. He went on to explain they are setting this whole thing up to expand and grow the story. He said:
“So, we have room to grow the property. We have ideas for days about how to make the coolest characters and to make that an epic TV show. I just think that’s a rich, rich mythology.”
The original 1986 Highlander movie starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings, who are hunting down one another and collecting more power. The classic tagline for the film was “There can be only one.”
Stahelski previously talked about the film and said that the reboot was being developed as a trilogy. He explained that they are taking the best story elements from across the franchise and implementing it all into one story that will be spread out across a trilogy of films:
“I think the TV series hit on a lot of great stuff wasn’t in the feature, between the watchers and all the different types of immortals. How do we get this into a feature mode before we dribble it into the TV world? Well, let’s restructure it in parts, let’s look at it like it was a TV show, let’s look at it like it was a high-end trilogy. How to we tell the story of The Gathering, The Quickenings, The Immortals and how do we really build this world out even more so than the original project? That’s what we’re restructuring right now. It’s taking all the good stuff that we had before I was involved in the project from the script; redeveloping the script to give us really good chapters one, two and three; and expanding the world.”
He also talked about his vision for the film, saying:
“The vision we’re trying to get across and what we’re trying to develop, I equate very close to Star Wars. The first one is a very satisfying ending but it does leave the door open and that’s kind of how I see this. I would really like to expand it over three. I see The Gathering happening over three. It’s tricky, don’t get me wrong, that’s why we’re still developing it. We want to be able to tell three complete stories that all kind of fit. I think the Star Wars trilogy, at least up to The Empire Strikes Back, is a good example of how we want to process it.”
Cavill previously talked about Highlander, saying, “Being not shy with swords, and having a director as talented as Chad Stahelski at the helm, this is an opportunity like no other. Deep diving into franchise storytelling with all the tools at our disposal, is going to make this an adventure I (and hopefully all of you) shall never forget.”
There’s no word on when Stahelski actually plans on making this film, but it’s still something he definitely plans on making. His next movie may be Ghost of Tsushima.