The 1993 movie Leprechaun, which starred Warwick Davis as a malevolent, killer leprechaun (and kick started a franchise involving 5 sequels) is getting a reboot courtesy of Lionsgate and WWE Studios (yes, the same WWE chaired by Vince McMahon that is responsible for all of your wrestling entertainment). As you may recall, the original Leprechaun featured a young Jennifer Aniston and was produced by Trimark, which was bought out by Lionsgate in 2000.
Sober up! It's time for a remake!
According to Variety, both studios will share the costs of production and marketing, but Lionsgate will distribute it. The Leprechaun reboot is set to be released in 2013. There is currently no cast, writer, or director attached to the project.
The Leprechaun remake is part of a 2-film deal. Lionsgate and WWE Studios have previously gotten together on the horror pic See No Evil.
Since the WWE is involved, we are guessing we’ll see a wrestler or two in the film. Probably not The Rock (they’ll never afford him). Just possibly Triple H. As for who will be playing the new Leprechaun, your guess is as good as ours. We doubt Warwick Davis will want to come back.
For more, check out the article at Variety.
Update – 4/5/12
Variety reports that WWE wrestler Hornswoggle (aka Dylan Postl) will portray the Leprechaun in the reboot, now titled Leprechaun: Origins.
Leprechaun: Origins will be released in March 2013.