I’m not sure how this one slipped under my radar until now. Blue Water Comics is currently putting out a series of Leprechaun comics. Yes, that “Leprechaun”, with none other than Warwick Davis. Take it for what it is. 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
It always happens. When a classic franchise gets the reboot, the actors who portray the iconic characters always cry foul and pitch “their idea” for a sequel. Warwick Davis, join the club.
Davis, who starred in all 6 original Leprechaun films, took to Facebook for a live chat to promote the original six films’ re-release through Charter Communication’s On Demand and digital download. There he complained about the reboot, while also offering his idea for a new sequel (starring him, of course). Yes, it would star Johnny Depp, doubly of course…
“I pitched the ‘Lep vs. Pirates’ idea to Johnny Depp while we were shooting ‘Life’s Too Short’,” Davis explained. “He didn’t say much. There is so much potential for the character. I think a road movie would be fun. The Lep is best when encountering different types of people. I’d also like to see a female Leprechaun – she’s even meaner though and makes the original leprechaun seem soft. I’d love to play her too!”
Can you imagine being Johnny Depp and having Davis “pitch” you a new Leprechaun movie? I love the franchise, don’t get me wrong, but can we all agree someone’s a bit delusional?
For more laughs, Davis compares Leprechaun to Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho when speaking on the forthcoming remake.
“I think it would be a shame to remake the original ‘Leprechaun’ film. It is a cult classic. It should not be touched in the same way the[y] should not have remade ‘Psycho’. I think there is a lot more to explore with the character, so that should be done with a sequel.”
A sequel starring Johnny Depp! Woot! READ MORE
It’s been well known that Lionsgate has wanted to revisit their Leprechaun franchise for some time now. Even Saw II-IV director Darren Lynn Bousman openly campaigned his involvement a few years back.
Launched in 1993 by Trimark (and acquired by Lionsgate through their acquisition of Artisan Entertainment back in 2000), the first film featured Warwick Davis as the pint-sized wish-making killer and also featured the debut of a young and sexy Jennifer Aniston.
It has taken Lionsgate less than 10 years to pound out multiple sequels (including Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun in the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood) and now to reboot it.
Lionsgate is pacting with WWE Studios on a two-film deal that includes a brand new Leprechaun, with plans on making various horror fans wishes come true by 2013. Variety adds that there is currently no writer, director or cast attached. READ MORE
Arriving June 24th from Bluewater Production is Leprechaun #2, based on Artisan and Lionsgate’s franchise film series featuring one helluva mean little Leprechaun f*cker. Since the franchise is now dead, why not keep it alive in comic book form?
From the cult film from Lionsgate. This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Lubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Lubdan’s quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself…but not without taking lives!
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A horrific leprechaun goes on a rampage after this precious bag of gold coins is stolen. He uses all of his magical destructive powers to trick terrorize and kill anyone who is unlucky enough to hinder his relentless search.