Crave caught up with Zach Lipovsky, the latest director to take on the super fun and crazy Leprechaun franchise.
Now in post-production, Leprechaun: Origins replaced Warwick Davis with WWE superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Post as the little green slasher. Little to nothing is known about the project, other than it also stars Stephanie Bennett, Teach Grant, Bruce Blain and Adam Boys.
In the interview, Lipovsky confirms that the new installment is a fresh beginning:
“It’s basically a complete refresh, reboot,” he firms up. “We’re not trying to copy or really do at all what the last one did. It kind of did what it was doing so well, that’s why they made so many of them, but we’re going a completely new direction and completely new world and everything which is why they were excited by what I brought to the table because I was pretty new to the whole Leprechaun thing myself. It was kind of what can we do to make something that’s a legitimate horror movie rather than something a bit more campy?”
In theaters February 28, 2014, it sounds as if Lipovsky is harking back to the franchise roots, the 1993 film that featured a young Jennifer Aniston. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting got inside word that Zach Lipovsky’s Leprechaun: Origins is already in post production for release on February 28, 2014.
As previously reported, Dylan Postl, best known as the wrestler “Hornswoggle”, plays the Leprechaun. The rest of the cast includes Grave Encounters 2‘s Stephanie Bennett, pictured below, Teach Grant (The Tall Man,Devour, Repeaters, “Cult”), Bruce Blain (“Supernatural”) and Adam Boys.
The screenplay was penned by both Matt Venne and Harris Wilkinson. The story is still top secret. READ MORE
According to TheWrap, Zach Lipovsky has been tapped to direct the remake of Leprechaun: Origins. Lipovsky was a contestant on the reality TV show “On The Air”, which ran for one season. The show, which was run by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, saw 16 contestants vying for a chance for a development deal with DreamWorks.
The upcoming Liongsate/WWE Studios produced film will star wrestler Hornswoggle as the villainous Leprechaun, originally made famous by actor Warwick Davis in the 1993 comedy/horror classic. Head on below for pictures of Lipovsky and Hornswoggle. READ MORE
Is it too late to get Christopher Nolan to direct this? Back in March is was officially announced that WWE would be producing Leprechaun: Origins, a remake of Leprechaun for Lionsgate, and that WWE wrestler Hornswoggle had been cast in the title role. It was also announced that Lionsgate and WWE Films had hired Harris Wilkinson to write the script.
Recently Crave spoke to WWE president Michael Luisi, who offered, “The tone is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre but at the same time this is really being played for scares.”
Luisi also conceded that the script is still in development. I’d like to note here that Wilkinson will have been given roughly 500% more time to write the new Leprechaun movie than Darabont was given to write the new Godzilla draft.
Back in March is was officially announced that WWE would be producing Leprechaun: Origins, a remake of Leprechaun for Lionsgate, and that WWE wrestler Hornswoggle had been cast in the title role. I immediately went into a field behind my apartment and started combing for a four-leaf clover. We need some luck if this is going to be good…
Lionsgate and WWE Films have hired Harris Wilkinson to write the script, said Deadline, while adding that Hornswaggle is signed to a two-film deal (franchise?). Wilkinson last year sold the spec Ink to Paramount and developed a pilot with Len Wiseman at Fox two seasons ago.
No plot details are available, but the flick is reboot of Leprechaun, the 1993 horror movie infamous for the vulgar green-tinged title character (played by an extremely crabby Warwick Davis) and for launching the screen career of Jennifer Aniston.
Last week it was announced that Lionsgate was partnering with WWE Studios on a two-film deal that includes a brand new Leprechaun. Today it was revealed that the film will be called Leprechaun: Origins and will be released in March 2013.
*Update: In what must be a huge coincidence, WWE wrestler Hornswoggle (pictured below) has been cast in the title role.
The rest of WWE’s slate has also been revealed. It of course also includes TIFF film The Day, a post apocalyptic thriller starring Dominic Monaghan and Shawn Ashmore. WWE acquired the film back in September and we’ve heard little about it since. Anchor Bay will be distributing the film.
Variety reports that other titles on the slate include the Hulk Hogan starring No Holds Barred which hits DVD and other VOD July 3 via Vivendi Entertainment. The Eric McCormack thriller, Barricade, also with Vivendi, will be released on Sept. 25. No One Lives is an R-rated horror film a co-producted by Pathe (Slumdog Millionaire) and starring Luke Evans (Immortals) and WWE’s own Brodus Clay. That film is released in January. READ MORE