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HIGHLANDER: JOHN WICK Co-Director Chad Stahelski To Helm Reboot

Image via 20th Century Fox

Image via 20th Century Fox

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 that’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 that’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 don’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 Leitch’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, they’ve never managed to get very far in the process. It’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? We’ll have to wait and see. His skillset is certainly a good fit for the type of movie, but I’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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