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