“There can be only one,” unless we’re talking about Highlander. In that case, they’ll just keep making new versions again and again. At least that’s still the plan, according to John Wick director Chad Stahelski. He said his big-screen reboot of the fantasy franchise Highlander, starring Henry Cavill as its titular Immortal, is still in the works. Just as important is that he hopes his movie won’t be the “only one” that gets made. The real prize for Highlander fans could be a whole new franchise.
Stahelski gave an update on his long-awaited Highlander reboot movie when he stopped by Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. During the interview (which we first learned about at IGN), Horowitz asked Stahelski about the status of his Highlander movie. Not only did he say the Highlander reboot is still in development and offered a little detail on what it would bring, but Stahelski’s answer revealed his ultimate goal is to launch an entire Highlander franchise rather than a stand-alone film.
He told Horowitz, “Our story engages a lot of the same characters and stuff like that. But we’ve also brought in elements of all the TV shows, and we’re trying to do a bit of a prequel, a setup to The Gathering. So we have room to grow the property.”
How much exactly the new reboot franchise will connect to the previous Christopher Lambert Highlander show and movies is unknown. As is the nature of Cavill’s exact role on the show, which we first reported on in 2021. We do know a whole franchise seems more possible than ever for him. A lot has changed in the actor’s career since he first became attached to the film. He’s no longer DC’s Superman or The Witcher‘s Geralt. He still knows how to defeat his enemies and wield a sword, though, so we’ll hold out this Highlander reboot film really will lead to a lot more. There can’t be only one new Highlander movie, right?