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 »
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Hollywood uses teaser trailers to sell their films to the public. Filmmakers use them to sell studios on their vision. Now, writer/director Zach Lipovsky has taken the next logical step: he’s created a teaser trailer for a script. The script is called Chrononaut and involves time travel, mech suits and the bonds between family. In addition to the writing, the director of the Leprechaun reboot and producer of Afflicted took four months to animate this beautiful teaser. It uses an inspirational Mister Rogers speech and Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel score. What’s not to love? Check it out below. Read More »
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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Briefly: World Wrestling Entertainment and Lionsgate have found a director for their reboot of the Leprechaun horror franchise. That man is Zach Lipovsky, best known for his starring role on Steven Spielberg’s TV show On The Lot. Lipovsky recently completed the SyFy Original Film Tasmanian Devils starring Danica McKellar.
Written by Harris Wilkinson, the reboot will star WWE star Hornswoggle (real name Dylan Postl, seen above) as the titular killer. Little is known about the reboot except the take is believed to be “darker” than previous entries. [The Wrap]
Tasmanian Devils, a SyFy Original Film that premieres January 19, features Winnie Cooper burning huge monsters with a flamethrower. If that’s not enough to set your DVR, it’s the debut film of Zach Lipovsky, the special effects master from the Steven Spielberg TV show On The Lot and co-stars Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) along with Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Ohno and character actors from 24, Battlestar Galactica and more. And if that’s still not enough, well, maybe this wacky tale of blood, gore, base jumping and tasmanian devils isn’t for you. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
You might remember 28-year old Vancouver filmmaker Zach Lipovsky as the visual effects maven on Steven Spielberg’s 2007 Fox reality TV series On The Lot. Lipovsky just got finished filming a television movie for Syfy called Tasmanian Devils starring Danica McKellar (yes, Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) and just produced (with Chris Ferguson) the found footage action thriller Ends of the Earth which sold for big money to CBS Films. He’s working with Blindness/Hobo with a Shotgun producer Niv Fichman to make his theatrical feature debut Dogs of War, a heavily-stylized action fantasy retelling (think 300) of the War of 1812 about “Canadian fighters clearing a path for the British army to invade Washington and burn down the White House.”
If all of that wasn’t enough, he’s inventing new applications to revolutionize the process of working on a film set. When does this guy find the time to rest? We don’t really cover the backend process of filmmaking as much as I would like to, but having directed a feature film myself years and years ago, I see the huge value in a program like Shot Lister.
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