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The latest name to follow in the footsteps of professional wrestling icons such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Dwayne Johnson and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin by making the leap from the squared circle to the cinema screen is current WWE star Hornswoggle (a.k.a. Dylan Postl), with the mischievous grappler set to step into the shoes of Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short) for the lead in a reboot of the Leprechaun comedy-horror franchise, entitled Leprechaun: Origins.
Originally released in 1993, Leprechaun saw a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston being stalked by Davis' malevolent mini-monster during his search for a stolen pot of gold. Despite being panned by critics, the low-budget film was a commercial success and went on to spawn five sequels of diminishing quality, including the likes of Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. Last month, it was revealed »
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Lionsgate and WWE Studios were teaming up for a reboot of Leprechaun. We now know who will be playing the title character. Replacing Warwick Davis is WWE star Dylan Postl, who is better known as Hornswoggle.
He recently took to his Twitter page to announce the casting, title, and release month: “The #swogglesecret that I’ve been hinting at all week is that in March 2013 I will be starring in Leprechaun:Origins by WWE Studios!!!”
The target release month is still quite a bit away, but we’ll keep an eye out for additional casting announcements over the coming months. At this time, a director and additional actors have not been announced. While this was referred to as Leprechaun: Origins in the Tweet, we wouldn’t be surprised to see “origins” dropped from the title if they are planning this film as »
- Jonathan James
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we've got some strange news about one of the more unexpected reboots to be announced in quite a while. Lionsgate and WWE Studios are apparently teaming up for a new take on the cult horror favourite Leprechaun. The original 1993 film starred Warwick Davis as a deranged leprechaun who goes on a killing spree in search of his lucky pot of gold. It also featured Jennifer Aniston in her very first big screen role. The movie built up a following over the years and spawned some of the most ridiculous sequels ever including Leprechaun 4: In Space and Leprechaun in the Hood starring Ice-t. How can they possibly top that? According to Variety, Leprechaun will be the first in a two-film deal between Lionsgate and WWE where they will split the cost of both production and marketing, with Lionsgate handling distribution. They've previously worked »
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we have news of a Leprechaun reboot happening over at Lionsgate. According to Variety, Lionsgate is teaming up with WWE Studios to produce the film, with plans to release it sometime in 2013.
This is a very early announcement, so at this time there is no writer or director attached. The original film was released in 1993 and spawned multiple direct to video sequels including Leprechaun in the Hood and Leprechaun 4: In Space. WWE Studios is looking to relaunch their film division and this will be the first of multiple projects for the studio. We’ll report back as soon as development of the project moves forward. »
- Jonathan James
As you may have noticed, we here at Thn love pro-wrestling almost as much as we love cinema. So when the two cross over, we get excited. Particularly now as WWE are branching out into other genres, beyond the expected array of awful actioners. We’ve seen comedy (Knucklehead), family drama (That’S What I Am) and horror (See No Evil). It has now been confirmed that WWE are to tag team with Lionsgate to remake The Leprechaun.
If you have never seen the original franchise, it stars Warwick Davis (Life’S To Short) as the eponymous and evil little Oirish fella, who goes on a murderous spree in search of his lost pot o’gold. They became cult classics due to how darn silly they are. I mean look at the titles;
Leprechaun 3 (so far, so standard)
Leprechaun In Tha Hood »
- John Sharp
Lionsgate has teamed with WWE Studios for a reboot of "Leprechaun," the 1993 horror film that was one of the starring roles for Jennifer Aniston. The original film was developed by Trimark, which went bankrupt and picked up by Lionsgate in 2000. The remake is set for a 2013 release, though there is currently no writer, director or cast attached. The two companies will split producing costs as well as team on marketing strategies. Lionsgate will handle distribution. Warwick Davis appeared in six "Leprechaun" installments as the evil, sadistic Leprechaun who goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. The last three films were called "Leprechaun 4: In Space," "Leprechaun 5: In the Hood" and "Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood." »
Leprechaun is headed back to the big screen. Variety reports that the 1993 original is aimed for a reboot. Warwick Davis starred in the original six-film horror franchise ( Leprechaun 1 - 3 , Leprechaun 4: In Space , Leprechaun 5: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood ) as the devious creature of Irish legend. No writer, director or cast have been announced yet, but the plan is to target a 2013 release. The first film, directed by Mark Jones, is also famous for launching the film career of Jennifer Aniston. »
7 items from 2012
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