By Travis Martin
While his partner David Leitch has just signed on to direct “Deadpool 2,“ fellow director Chad Stahelski will be keeping himself busy. Stahelski has told The Hollywood Reporter that he has signed on to direct the reboot of the cult film series, “Highlander.“ Lionsgate has long been attempting to make the reboot since 2008, but it has been stuck in development hell.
Stahelski told THR, “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.”
The film series, which also translated into TV and anime, centers on the conflict between immortal swordsmen who can only be killed when their head is cut off. The original 1986 film centers on Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), a 16th century Scottish warrior who now lives in modern America. Connor is forced to fight other immortals in order for one of them to claim ‘the Prize’ or have those he cares about hurt.
Currently, Lionsgate and Stahelski are looking for a scriptwriter for the screenplay. Stahelski is about to the sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2″ in theaters. Currently, no casting release has come for the “Highlander” reboot.