A few years ago, we learned that Henry Cavill was going to play the main character in a new Highlander movie, based on the cheesy ’80s series about immortal warriors killing each other because, as the tagline says, “there can only be one.”
Since then, a lot has happened to Cavill. He left The Witcherhe was going to come back as Superman and then he wasn’t, he teased A Warhammer 40k series on Amazon, and he played Sherlock Holmes several times for Netflix. Was the Highlander film lost in the middle of the tumult?
According to director Chad Stahelski, best known for directing the John Wick series, the Highlander reboot is always enabled. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Stahelski said they had “some really good pieces” in place, but didn’t want to do too much too soon. “The problem is when you have the slogan ‘there can only be one,’ you can’t kill everyone in one go,” he said.
Ah, looks like Stahelski is settling for a franchise. “Our story involves a lot of the same characters and stuff like that. But we’ve also incorporated elements from all the TV shows, and we’re trying to do a bit of a prequel, a setup for The Gathering, so that we have room to expand on the property.
The Gathering, incidentally, takes place when all the remaining immortals come together to fight for “the prize”, which is awarded to the last living immortal. Looks like we’ll come back to this in the fifth movie or so?
John Wick director Chad Stahelski wants to revive Highlander“one of the best worst films of all time”
It’s a pretty ambitious project for a franchise based on what is, as Stahelski readily admits, “one of the worst films of all time.”
Not much happens in the second act. It’s mostly, you know, bitchy flashbacks with Sean Connery mugging the camera… You watch the movie, and it has nothing to do with being good or cool or interesting, but for some reason: the fisheye lenses, the weird sword fights, the fucked up dialogue. , and the Queen soundtrack make this one of the most fun films you’ll ever watch.
Yeah, that covers it. The original film is definitely of its time, but it can be fun:
Can Stahelski and Cavill revive Highlander for modern audiences? The actors’ and writers’ strikes will have to end before anything can happen.
h/t The AV Club