Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set visual-effects veteran Zach Lipovsky to direct the long-awaited (whether you want it or not) reboot of the successful horror franchise starter LEPRECAUN, according to The Wrap.
We last reported on the LEPRECHAUNE reboot back in January when WWE Studios President Michael Luisi spoke about the status of the film, saying...
The tone is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre but at the same time this is really being played for scares.
The project, which was first announced a couple of years ago, seems to finally be moving forward with the news of Lipovsky's hire.
Lipovsky was discovered as a contestant on Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett's short-lived reality series "On the Lot," which saw 16 aspiring filmmakers compete for a development deal with DreamWorks.
WWE superstar Hornswoggle will play the title character, which was made famous in the original 1993 movie (and its many sequels) by Warwick Davis.
The original LEPRECHAUN, which featured comedic elements, followed an evil leprechaun searching for his pot of gold while avoiding four-leaf clovers. But producers are keeping details of Harris Wilkinson's script under wraps to keep the franchise's new direction a secret.
Lionsgate execs Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek and John Sacchi will oversee the project for the studio, along with co-producing partners Michael Luisi and Richard Lowell of WWE Studios.