the original leprechaun - Leprechaun: Origins Photo

WWE Studios has released a first look at the Leprechaun from Leprechaun: Origins, a reboot of The Leprechaun horror film series. reveal was made during a presentation at Comic Con this week. The B-level iconic horror villain is played in the movie by Dylan Postl, better known as WWE wrestler/superstar Hornswoggle. Hit the jump to see Leprechaun: Origins photo reveal.

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Leprechaun Origins Trailer

Growing up, few characters scared me from the video box alone more than the Leprechaun. Much like Chucky, there was something terrifying about seeing such a familiar, even lovable icon twisted into a new, frightening form. After a bunch of sequels though, the Leprechaun of my youth became a joke. As horror icons often do.

Enter WWE Studios, which has co-produced a remake with Lionsgate that they surely hope will terrify kids in much the same way as the original film. It’s called Leprechaun: Origins, directed by Zach Lipovsky and written by Harris Wilkinson. WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl plays the lead character, who terrorizes two American couples on vacation in Ireland.

Leprechaun: Origins opens hits VOD on August 26, followed by a Blu-ray release on September 30. Check out the first Leprechaun Origins trailer below. Read More »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

In this edition of Sequel Bits, comments from Jerry Bruckheimer address the stalled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the possibly less-stalled Beverly Hills Cop 4. In addition, we’ve got the following after the break:

  • Mara Wilson talks about Mrs. Doubtfire 2,
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For seems to be using Frank Miller’s comics as storyboards,
  • There’s a poster for Leprechaun: Origins,
  • And a trailer for Dolphin Tale 2.

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Austin Powers

Mike Myers has a documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, but what’s the latest on the Austin Powers series? Read his response below, along with a bunch of other sequel news including:

  • A sequel to Eli Roth‘s upcoming The Green Inferno is now in development. It’s called Beyond the Green Inferno.
  • Director  Zach Lipovsky explains how the Leprechaun film, Leprechaun: Origins, is a reboot and not a sequel.
  • Billy Bob Thornton isn’t sure when Bad Santa 2 is going to happen.
  • The main voice actors are set to return for The Croods 2.

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With reboots happening left and right — for the biggest properties (Spider-Man, Star Trek) to more hardcore fan titles (RoboCop) to things that probably shouldn’t be touched (The Three Stooges) — its no surprise that the most low-rent, easily redone properties are getting the remake treatment.

And so here we are with news on Leprechaun: Origins, a film that will seek to somehow reinvigorate a franchise that seemingly ended with the Irish demon going from space to tha hood, and two Child’s Play movies, with will simultaneously act as reboot and sequel to the ‘possessed doll’ story that has been exploited in several films since 1988. Read More »

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