The proposed Leprechaun reboot has found a director.
The WWE Studios-produced horror flick has landed veteran visual effects specialist Zach Lipovsky to step behind the camera for the project. The filmmaker is best known for participating in the FOX reality TV series On the Lot. Steven Spielberg produced the show.
Lipovsky will be working from a script penned by Harris Wilkinson. Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek and John Sacchi will oversee the project for the folks at Lionsgate. WWE Studios’ Michael Luisi and Richard Lowell will reportedly co-produce the project.
The reboot is based on the 1993 horror movie from writer-director Mark Jones. Although the film has a strong and very loyal cult following — this writer owns the series run DVD — Jones’ Leprechaun is famous for starring a young Jennifer Aniston in the lead role.
Warwick Davis, an actor who has appeared in everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter, starred as the title character in the franchise. However, he won’t be reprising his role as the pint-sized killer in Lipovsky’s reboot. Instead, the role will go to WWE’s Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl.
However, WWE Studios President Michael Luisi said earlier this year that he was interested in getting Davis to be a part of the production in one way or another. If it happens, then Warwick will likely have a cameo in the reboot. Luisi also told Crave Online that the new movie will be a little different than the original.
“The tone is going to be a little darker. A little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember. [We’re] trying to find a way to please fans of that genre but, at the same time, this is really being played for scares,” the WWE Studios president explained.
It’s currently unknown when the Leprechaun reboot will see the light of day. No word yet if the film will make its debut in theaters or on home video.