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Forthcoming ‘Highlander’ Reboot Film Could Transform Into A TV Show

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It’s been over a decade since fantasy franchise Highlander has been seen in public. Fortunately, director Chad Stahelski has been busy with a reboot since 2016. While a forthcoming Highlander film in the works, it may turn into something completely different.

There Can Only Be One

In an interview with Collider, Stahelski discussed his current work on the film. “Still fighting the good fight. Highlander is an interesting property. It’s through Lionsgate as well [as] Neal Moritz. We’re trying to get it done. Anyone who knows anything about the property knows it has a lot of meat to it. It’s a good property. It’s got a lot of potential,” he said.

One thing that concerns him is the possibility of having more films in the works. “When your pitch is, ‘There can be only one,’ and in your first movie you kill everybody but the one, sequels have a problem of happening,” he said.

Don’t Lose Your Head

The conversation shifted to the other aspect of the Highlander franchise: the TV show. “They did seven seasons of TV, and even though the TV show may not hold up today, the idea of it and the characters they brought in were super cool. So we’re trying to devise a methodology that leads up to The Quickening,” Stahelski told the publication. For longtime fans, The Quickening has been a very crucial part of the Highlander universe as it refers to a phenomenon within the world of beheading an immortal character as a means of gaining that person’s energy.

Transforming a potential movie project for the small screen is nothing new in Hollywood. Fox’s The Last Man On Earth was planned as a movie before Will Forte got involved. A TV show can build up suspense for The Quickening while developing its characters. “You just don’t end with a one-on-one battle in New York, cut off a guy’s head, and that’s it. We want to do this in such a way that it becomes more of a series whether it’s short form or long form that would let us explore that in the best way,” Stahelski said.

Protecting All That Is Good

Something that impresses Stahelski is how TV shows have given movies a run for their money. One example is HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has earned numerous accolades during its run. “As an action designer myself, there are two or three episodes of Game of Thrones that blow away 90 percent of features,” he said.

If it does turn into a TV show, there’s a good chance of Highlander landing on Starz. Summit Entertainment is owned by Lionsgate, which owns the popular cable network. Whether it’s a movie or a show, Stahelski hopes to get Highlander back in the public eye.

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