- Director Chad Stahelski confirms that the Highlander reboot will include music from Queen, but in a different way than expected.
- Stahelski aims to capture the essence of the original Highlander while adding more depth and world-building, while still keeping it fun and fantastical.
- The Highlander reboot will start production “soon,” and Stahelski is enthusiastic and committed to creating a captivating film.
Fans of the Highlander franchise who associate Queen’s music with the films can look forward to the reboot directed by Chad Stahelski. In an interview, he confirmed that the remake would indeed feature Queen’s music, albeit in a different form, saying, “Yes. Probably in a different way than you think, but hardcore yes.”
While juggling various projects, including the popular John Wick series, Stahelski’s Highlander reboot will feature Henry Cavill as the lead. Stahelski expressed his commitment to staying true to the essence of the original 1986 Highlander movie, while adding more depth, world-building, and keeping it fun. He compared it to the John Wick movies, saying, “You want to experience this world, you want to believe it’s real. But it’s also five degrees off from reality.”
Queen’s music, especially the songs “Princes of the Universe” and “Who Wants to Live Forever,” is an integral part of the Highlander mystique that still endures today. Stahelski and his team, however, have big shoes to fill following Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown’s performances in the original film. Talking about the reboot, Stahelski said, “This is a movie with immortals running around chopping each other’s heads off. There’s a certain ridiculousness to it… We’re trying to get you on board for this amazing journey with people who have lived hundreds of years. It’s a challenge. But I’m very excited.”
Although Stahelski hasn’t provided an exact start date for production, he stated it should begin “soon,” possibly within a year. The reboot will be a genuine restart, not a sequel to previous films or TV series, starring Cavill as the titular character, and boasting a $100-million budget from Lionsgate.