I’ll say this right now – I flipping love Highlander [the sequels not so much], so I don’t think that we need a remake. What else can it add besides better [well, possibly special effects. It won’t have Sean Connery as an Egyptian with a Scottish accent, it won’t have Queen – I mean what’s the point? Of course it’s money, that’s the point.
A remake of the 1986 film has been trudging its way through development hell for about ten years. At one point, the remake was going to be directed by Justin Lin, then by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo with Ryan Reynolds starring, and then by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan with Tom Cruise and Dave Bautista possibly starring. Things kept stalling, but now it’s sadly looking like the movie might finally be happening. Recently it was revealed that John Wick director Chad Stahelski would direct, and it now seems like he’ll be the one who will finally bring the story of swordfighting immortals back to the big screen. It’s just been revealed Ryan Condal [The Colony, Rampage, the Dwayne Johnson Hercules] has completed a screenplay which everyone who matters seem to like, and pre-production will begin in a few months time.
Unlike the original, which completed the story in one film and forced the sequels to find loopholes to explain their existence, this new take on the material has been developed with the thought of a trilogy in mind. As Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger told ‘Deadline’
“We’ve finally got a screenplay we’re happy with. We have set up the story so it has sequel potential.”