“There can only be one!”
While that was the entire premise around the world of Highlander, it was not so for the film that was followed by several sequels and a TV series. Looks like it’s time for the immortals to once again take up their swords, to begin beheading each other in order to become the “only one.” Co-dirctor of John Wick, Chad Stahelski is all set to reboot the Highlander series.
The first film introduced us to Conor MacLoed, (Christopher Lambert) an Immortal who spent his life hunting for other immortals to kill. The immortals all sought to be the last one, in order to bring about a final ‘quickening’ known as ‘The Prize.’ The first film’s antagonist was played brilliantly by Clancy Brown. The film also featured Sean Connery who showed Conor how to survive as an immortal. The film featured some awesome sword combat and several beheadings.
Stahelski, brought an intense level of action to John Wick and the gunplay that it featured. It will be great to see the ex-stuntman use that same level of action and apply it to the legendary sword fights that ‘Highlander’ is known for.
Since this is a reboot, the film is open to go whichever direction it needs to. Not necessarily a retelling of Conor’s story. This was a large battle over hundreds of years. There are plenty of stories to tell in that world. It would be awesome if Lambert came back in order to teach the new Immortal in the same way Conner’s character taught him.
The Hollywood Reporter, reported that Stahelski is excited to get the Lionsgate project started. “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.” Stahelski told The Hollywood Reporter.
Personally, I’m very skeptical when it comes to reboots of things I hold dear. However, I’m a huge fan of John Wick and the action that it brought to the table. I can’t think of a better fit for Highlander than Stahelski.