- John Wick director Chad Stahelski wants to make a Star Wars movie and challenges Disney to give him a chance.
- Stahelski’s action prowess could bring a fresh perspective to the Jedi world.
- He is currently focused on reviving the Highlander franchise, with a reboot starring Henry Cavill aiming for a 2026 release.
John Wick director Chad Stahelski has expressed his desire to make a Star Wars film and urges Disney to consider him for the job. Stahelski recently appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where he described himself as “a Star Wars guy” and shared his hope for the opportunity to direct his own movie in the iconic galaxy. He said, “I’m a Star Wars guy, like the first Star Wars changed my life course. Maybe someday out there, Disney, if you’re listening.”
Imagine the incredible action spectacle that Chad Stahelski could bring to the world of the Jedi. The filmmaker behind John Wick: Chapter 4 even dared Disney to take a chance on him, stating, “I’d take a swing at that. I challenge you to see if Disney could survive me.”
While many new Star Wars projects are currently being developed for Disney+, including The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, Star Wars: Visions, and more, there are still plenty of opportunities for Stahelski to explore in the Star Wars universe.
At the moment, Stahelski is working on reviving the Highlander franchise, with the long-awaited reboot starring Henry Cavill. This project recently received a major update, as Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chair Joe Drake shared during an investor call that the movie is targeting a 2026 release.
The original Highlander, released in 1986, is about swordsman Connor MacLeod (played by Christopher Lambert) who is one of several immortal warriors who can only be killed by beheading. A reboot has been in development since 2008 and was finally confirmed last year, with Stahelski as the director and The Witcher’s Henry Cavill starring as Connor MacLeod.
Stahelski has big plans for Highlander, stating, “Highlander, I can tell you right now, if we’ve got our sh-t together and pull off a feature, we’ve got ideas for days about how to make the coolest characters and make that an epic TV show. I just think that’s a rich, rich, rich mythology. You can pick any period in time, any nationality, any culture, any type of person and make them an immortal that have to duel and deal with the burden of immortality? That’s f-cking cool to me.”
Besides Highlander, Stahelski is also involved with the highly successful John Wick franchise. A fifth movie is reportedly being written, and several spinoffs are in development. Even if Disney were to give Stahelski a call, it’s possible that he might be too busy to fully commit to the Star Wars saga.