And talking of remakes – the Highlander one has been planned for several years now with directors Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo [28 Weeks Later] both attached to it at some point. For some time Cedric Nicolas-Troyan [The Huntsman: Winter’s War] was going to be doing it, but for unknown reasons he’s not involved anymore. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski has now replaced him in the director’s chair. There are rumours that his uncredited John Wick co-director may be joining him, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
“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 colourful mythology. I can’t think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes, and action set pieces”.
I just don’t ‘get it’ when filmmakers remake films they say they love. It seems contradictory. If you’re a big fan of something than surely you’d want to leave it alone?
Anyway, Lionsgate is currently searching for a new screenwriter, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway [Iron Man], Melissa Rosenberg [um…Twilight], and Noah Oppenheim [The Maze Runner] having all worked on Highlander scripts at one point or another. I’ll personally be happy if this project never gets off the ground. The original is one of my all-time favourite movies….yeah I know on one level it might be crap but on another level I think it’s brilliant! I don’t even rate the sequels much, for me There Can Only Be One!