It sounds like Chad Stahelski has figured out that there might be more than one way to make a Highlander movie.
For many 80s kids, Highlander was one of those movies that was great to watch on a Sunday afternoon but didn’t quite age well over time. It’s a sentiment that Stahelski shared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. He mentioned that the original was “one of the best-worst films ever,” and it could not have worked given all its cheesy elements but still came together and was highly entertaining.
The idea of slaying your foes and then gaining their powers (and restoring one’s youth) definitely worked with the video gamers of the era which is why Highlander is deeply endeared.
While Henry Cavill has been attached to the series, no news has developed since initial reporting. But Stahelski offered some ideas on how the series would lead, “Our story engages a lot of the same characters, but we’ve also brought in elements of all the TV shows. We’re trying to do a bit of a prequel, a setup to The Gathering, so we have room to grow the property.”
In the TV series, our protagonist, Connor MacLeod wondered if there was ever a point in time when the Immortals could have lived as a tribe and it might be a place where Stahelski could be looking to build on.
“I just think that’s rich mythology when you can pick any period of time, any nationality, any culture, any type of person and make them an immortal that has to duel and deal with the burden of immortality — that’s f***king cool.”
Looking back, Sean Connery’s immortal character’s full name was Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez and he was also depicted as an Egyptian swordsman. It seems like when you’ve lived for multiple millennia pretty much anything goes.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!