Lionsgate Finds a Director for Leprechaun Reboot

Jason McDonald

The Wrap has revealed that Zach Lipovsky has been pegged by Lionsgate and WWE Studios to helm the reboot of the classic Leprechaun franchise.  Yes, the one where Warwick Davis plays an Irish stereotype that murders people.

Lipovsky might be an unfamiliar name to you and that’s okay, because he is a bit of an unknown.  Though he has a few short films under his belt, Lipovsky’s biggest claim to fame is that he won Steven Spielberg’s reality show “On the Lot” where he beat out 16 other contestants for a development deal with Dreamworks.   Having just checked his IMDB…that doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere.  However, Lipovsky has an extensive background in the field of special effects, so that does give me hope that the Leprechaun will look alright.

While the original Leprechaun was brought to life by Warwick Davis, the reboot will feature a new man under the make-up.  This time it’ll be WWE superstar Hornswoggle, hence the involvement of WWE Studios.

While I’ve always enjoyed the hilarity of the Leprechaun films, I don’t have a strong connection to them. So a reboot of the franchise doesn’t really have an impact on me, however, I haven’t heard anything about this project to get me super excited about it.  What do you think? Is the film on the right track? Let us know in the comments.



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      1. Locksley Velociraptor May 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Leprechaun doesn’t really work without Warwick Davis. It’s a pretty tongue-in-cheek concept to begin with and you need a decent comedy actor to pull it off. Then again, I don’t know this other guy so I should give him the benefit of the doubt. That being said, yeah, not overly attached to them as a horror franchise (though I do love these films). I don’t think it’s going to get anybody foaming at the mouth angry.

      2. TheDude1989 May 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        WWE studios is trying to ruin these movies. Using a wrestler to play this iconic villain is absurd. WWE will make this into one big comedy and not the hard R with comedy here and there like it should be.

        • Dennis Francis May 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

          You obviously havent seen See No Evil w/ Kane. That was a WWE Studios film and was surprisingly entertaining. Some great death scenes in the film. Not a great horror film but a great addition to the genre.

          Not to mention Dark Rising which starred Christian. Another good addition to the horror genre.

          So please instead of saying they are trying to ruin films, (which from my knowledge is their first remake) give them a chance before knocking them. Also Lionsgate is behind the film and they have had their fair share or great movies in the past.

          With that said Leprechaun is in no way a great movie. Though its classic horror which is supposed to be terrifying, campy, and comedic.

          Interesting to see where this one will go and how it may be pulled off.

        • Herner Klenthur May 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

          I agree with you 100%. WWE films has not just made garbage See No Evil and their newest film The Day (2011) were excellent films.

        • Dennis Francis May 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

          I haven’t seen The Day yet. It must be good for you to mention it 😉