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?