Lionsgate pacts with WWE on film deal

Mar 16, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck

WWE Studios and Lionsgate have announced a two-film deal that will kick
off with a reboot of Leprechaun, a 1993 horror movie which starred
Jennifer Aniston. Variety reports that both Lionsgate and WWE Studios will
share producing costs as well as team on marketing strategies while
Lionsgate will handle distribution. The movie is set for a 2013 although
so far no writer, director or cast have been announced. “We have been
looking for ways to continue our relationship with Lionsgate and we saw
Leprechaun as the perfect opportunity to take a well-known franchise and
put a modern-day spin on it. This is a property that we believe our
audience will respond to and we continue to look for ways to surprise and
engage them,” said WWE studios head Michael Luisi. This will be the third
movie that WWE and Lionsgate have worked together on, with the previous
two being Kane’s See No Evil and Steve Austin’s The Condemned. Upcoming
films for WWE Studios include No One Lives, starring Luke Evans and WWE’s
Brodus Clay; Barricade, starring Eric McCormack; and The Day starring
Lost’s Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, and Ashley Bell, which was
purchased at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

(thanks to Colin Vassallo)

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