Crave Online recently sat down with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi during the Sundance Film Festival about the company's future projects. "The type of movies that we’re making now are more in the genres of action, thriller, crime dramas," Luisi told the website. Then why is he rebooting one of the most absurd, over-the-top horror films in the history of fright cinema? "Another big component of our strategy going forward is the extension of not only those franchises, but looking to participate in franchises with third parties that are not necessarily ours."
That means WWE is teaming up with Lionsgate to reboot the Leprechaun series, about a demonic leprechaun who will stop at nothing to reclaim his gold — including making a trek to space where the sadistic creep abducted an alien princess and later is "reborn" through the genitalia of marine. We heard the news for the first time last year, but all has been quiet until now.
Will the new and improved leprechaun end up in space one day? "You know, I guess it depends on how enthusiastic the fan reaction is to the first one that we do," Luisi advised. He's calling the new series a "true reboot of the franchise," leaving the original alone and for the annals of horror history. Luisi told Crave that "the tone is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis [the English actor from the original series] ones that people remember," and that he's keen on pleasing fans of the genre, but is interested in developing more "scares." Leprechaun die-hards may be pleased to know that WWE is considering a cameo for Davis. "I think that's still an open question… the script is still in development."
So there you have it. After months of speculation about the reboot, we know there will be no Jennifer Aniston, possibly no leprechauns in the hood, and the camp factor will be taken down a notch. Happy?