Leprechaun to Get a Reboot from Lionsgate and WWE

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 together on See No Evil and The Condemned, but it makes you wonder… why is the WWE interested in Leprechaun? Do they have any wrestlers well-suited for the lead role?

Apparently WWE Studios are looking to get involved in more than just movies starring wrestlers. For example, they recently acquired Douglas Aarniokoski’s post-apocalyptic film The Day at the Toronto International Film Festival. The real question is whether or not Warwick Davis will capitalize on the success of Life’s Too Short by reprising the lead role. Leprechaun is aiming for a 2013 release, but a writer, director and cast have yet to be determined. Are you interested in seeing a new take on Leprechaun?

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  • Rev

    I imagine the lead role will be taken by WWE’s resident Leprechaun ‘Hornswoggle’

  • Wintle

    “How can they possibly top that?”

    You can’t. Leprechaun 4 is a classic. The only franchise I can think of that gets better as it progresses.

  • Jonny Ashley

    A premise where the Leprechaun challenges the world’s mightiest wrestlers in the ring? Wacky wrestling moves + Deadly Leprechaun tricks = Instant Classic

  • Daniel

    Please no! All of the Leprechaun movies sucked! The first one was probably the best. Stop with the reboots and sequels and do something original for once!

  • Steve Kasan

    @Daniel, come on now, Leprechaun 3 when he goes to Vegas is a pretty good movie. How can you beat death by inflating boobies?

  • Jonny Ashley

    Yeah, I mean this is literally the perfect match for a new Leprechaun movie, if they had to make a new Leprechaun movie.

  • Dave

    This is interesting timing. There was a SyFy original movie on St. Patty’s Day called Leprechaun’s Revenge. Turns out, it had nothing to do with the Leprechaun franchise and the monster looked like some cheap-looking Pans Labyrinth knock-off.