John Wick certainly seems to be one hell of a launchpad for its directorial talent. On the heels of the much-praised action flick, co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski parted ways. Stahelski stayed on board for the second entry in the John Wick saga, John Wick: Chapter 2, and just recently David Leitch was confirmed to be helming the Deadpool 2. However, thanks to a new report from THR, we now know that Stahelski already has his next film lined up.
According to the outlet, Stahelski has signed on to the Highlander reboot, a film thatâ€™s been in the works for some time now. Regarding the new gig, Stahelski had the following to say:
“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.”
This is news thatâ€™s sure to be welcome to fans of both John Wickand Highlander, but as promising as this news is, the fact still remains that we still donâ€™t quite know how Stahelski will do on his own. Will John Wick: Chapter 2 live up to the quality of the first film, or will it fall flat on its face in Leitchâ€™s absence? That certainly remains to be seen, but this is promising news nonetheless.
Of course, whether or not Stahelski can do the job is not as big of a question as whether or not this Highlander reboot is actually happening. Films like Akira, Mortal Kombat, and The Crow are — like Highlander — among many that have wallowed in development hell for years. For one reason or another, theyâ€™ve never managed to get very far in the process. Itâ€™s been nearly 9 years that Highlander has been in development, and in that time, directors like Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan have cycled in and out of the project.
Will Stahelski make a difference? Weâ€™ll have to wait and see. His skillset is certainly a good fit for the type of movie, but Iâ€™d almost be more intrigued to see him tackle another original project.
What do you think of this? Is Stahelski a good fit for Highlander? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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