Again in November, Summit Leisure introduced on John Wick and John Wick 2 director Chad Stahelski to direct their long-gestating Highlander remake, which has been in numerous types of growth since Summit picked up the rights to the franchise again in 2008. Administrators similar to Justin Lin (Star Trek Past), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders) and Cerdric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s Conflict) had been hooked up to direct through the years, and at one level, Ryan Reynolds was even hooked up to star, earlier than dropping the venture in 2013, which is fascinating since Chad Stahelski can be directing Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2, taking on for the departing Tim Miller. Now the gestating remake appears to be heading in the right direction, with the director revealing that he is not solely creating one film, however he is beginning to put a trilogy collectively.
Collider caught up with Chad Stahelski whereas he was selling John Wick 2, in theaters February 10. Writers similar to Artwork Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley (Nationwide Treasure) and Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) had been hooked up to put in writing the script at numerous time limits, but it surely is not clear if different writers have been introduced in since then. Chad Stahelski revealed that he is at present fleshing out the story as a brand new trilogy, evaluating his strategy to the unique Star Wars trilogy.
“We’re at present doing a bit of labor on the general plot construction. Once I got here on board, they have been attempting to reinvent the one Highlander property. We have gone since again in and we want to actually broaden the world, so we think about the identical shortcomings do not occur once more that occurred on the unique venture, that means you’ve one nice film and 4 questionable followups. We wish to develop a property that can provide us, and once more it isn’t about advertising, it isn’t a lot in regards to the financials, it is about how can we make a extra mythological, chapter one, chapter two, whats an effective way to inform this story? I feel the TV collection hit on lots of nice stuff wasn’t within the function, between the watchers and all of the various kinds of immortals. How will we get this right into a function mode earlier than we dribble it into the TV world? Nicely, let’s restructure it in elements, let us take a look at it prefer it was a TV present, let us take a look at it prefer it was a high-end trilogy. How will we inform the story of the gathering the quickenings, the immortals and the way do we actually construct this world out much more so than the unique venture. That is what we’re restructuring proper now. It is taking all the great things that we had earlier than I used to be concerned within the venture from the script; redeveloping the script to provide us actually good chapters one, two and three; and increasing the world. The imaginative and prescient we’re attempting to get throughout and what we’re attempting to develop, I equate very near Star Wars. The primary one is a really satisfying ending but it surely does go away the door open and that is form of how I see this. I would love to broaden it over three. I see the gathering taking place over three. It is difficult do not get me improper, that is why we’re nonetheless creating it. We wish to have the ability to inform three full tales that each one form of match. I feel the Star Wars trilogy, a minimum of as much as The Empire Strikes Again, is an efficient instance of how we wish to course of it.”
After the success of John Wick, which served as Chad Stahelski’s directorial debut, the filmmaker was fairly in demand, returning to direct John Wick 2 and Deadpool 2, whereas additionally lately teasing that he is within the early phases of crafting the story for John Wick three. There had been speak that Tom Cruise and Dave Bautista have been being eyed for roles, however that was earlier than Chad Stahelski got here aboard, and as of now, no solid members have been introduced. Whereas it might be a while earlier than we get any affirmation on the casting, Chad Stahelski additionally teased that the studio needed him to carry his similar sensibilities with the kind of gun scenes in John Wick and John Wick 2, which the filmmaker dubbed “gun-fu” in a latest John Wick 2 preview, to the swordplay scenes in Highlander, whereas additionally stating that he does not know but if the movie shall be R-rated or not.
“So far the folks answerable for the pocket guide and all that, they’ve requested [the rating question] and I mentioned, ‘Look, the way in which I work, the way in which we did John Wick, we by no means set about making a hardcore rated-R motion film, we mentioned we’ll do that, that is the design we wish to do, that is what we really feel is enjoyable. If heads coming aside is an R, nice. If heads coming aside is a PG, nice. Scores are second to what we’ll do. Highlander, I feel the motion, a minimum of what’s in my head, goes to fall on a line, for positive. We wish to design it what we predict is aesthetically cool, and to this point I’ve met no resistance, they’re like, ‘Look, no matter you probably did with John Wick with the gun stuff, we wish you to try to do with the sword stuff.’ We wish you to make one thing cool and one thing distinctive, and one thing that is going to make audiences say ‘Wow, I have not seen that earlier than.’ So I feel that is the highway they’re letting me go down and what aspect of the road it falls on… I actually do not wish to be gory for gory’s sake, and I do not wish to be clear for clear’s sake. We’re not attempting to hit 4 corners, we wish to make nice city fantasy that goes by way of time, and we’ll see the place that lands.”
The unique Highlander film hit theaters in 1986, starring Christopher Lambert because the title character, which spawned various sequels and TV reveals, with 2007’s Highlander: The Supply, starring Adrian Paul, serving as the newest installment. One of the vital iconic parts from the unique film was the soundtrack that featured the music of Queen. The director revealed he desires to seek out a way of bringing the “essence” of that soundtrack again for this reboot, and that he is already working with John Wick composer Tyler Bates on early designs for the rating.
“The tone of the primary one simply hit at that bizarre music video edge within the 80s that had Queen and for some motive, Queen simply suits. I do not assume you are able to do Highlander and produce about that form of tone once more with the mythological world and take it too severely. Simply as we did with Wick, you possibly can’t kill 80 folks over a pet and take your self severely. We acquired to let the viewers know that we’re having enjoyable and that there’s a world right here. Level being I am unable to see Highlander with out Queen, with out the queen heart, with out having Freddy Mercury, Prince of the Universe, and all these things. I am unable to image the film in my head with out it. We had an amazing composer on John Wick 1 and a couple of, Tyler Bates, who we predict is among the greatest within the enterprise particularly for meta-reality, Guardians of the Galaxy, 300, John Wick. I’ve already talked extensively with him about how can we take the magic of what Freddie Mercury and Queen gave us and the way can we transpose that to modern-day and provides us that edge?”
No manufacturing schedule has been given for this Highlander remake, and Summit Leisure has but to challenge a launch date at the moment. It appears seemingly that the director will begin work on Deadpool 2, which is believed to go earlier than cameras this summer season, earlier than he begins taking pictures Highlander, however maybe we’ll get a extra concrete manufacturing schedule and a launch date quickly. It stays to be seen when casting could start, to see who will play Conor McLeod on this new Highlander film.