WWE Films

When it was announced that WWE Films would be teaming up with Lionsgate to reboot the Leprechaun franchise, it seemed like the fledgling film studio was on the verge of making a bunch of big moves due to the leadership of its new president Michael Luisi. And they are…but some of their moves are proving to be better thought out than others. WWE Films was originally conceived as a production studio that would develop film projects for WWE pro-wrestlers to star in, and there’s two new bits of news on that front. The first concerns the aforementioned Leprechaun reboot. Variety has a report that states the new project has an official title, Leprechaun: Origins, and it also mentions that the film is indeed intended as a starring vehicle for WWE’s resident leprechaun, Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl), which many have theorized since the project was first announced. This is good news as far as WWE’s film future is concerned. I mean, if you have a leprechaun living under your ring, you might as well find a way to make some money off of it. The less fortunate news involves WWE main-eventer Randy Orton. One of the WWE’s most recognizable current grapplers, Orton seemed like a solid choice to star in the third installment of WWE Films’ Marine franchise, The Marine: Homefront. So far every Marine movie has been about a super badass member of the U.S. Marine Corps getting a family member kidnapped and then having to go after them, and Homefront […]

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Once you’ve already taken a film franchise both to space and to the hood, there aren’t really any other ways left that you can keep it going other than to bite the bullet and opt for a full reboot. So that’s what Lionsgate is doing with their Leprechaun films. Because heaven forbid we live in a world without more Leprechaun. Lionsgate isn’t just going to be attacking this project alone, however. In order to give us a new take on a little green Irish demon who is murderous in the protection of his gold they’re teaming up with Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE Films started out as a division of the pro wrestling company meant to produce wide release features for its wrestling talent, but after the luke warm responses for films like The Marine and See No Evil, they’re regrouping and changing up their game plan a bit.

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WWE Wrestler Kane in See No Evil

Hmmm… you’d think that after the box office disappointment that was The Condemned and the unbelievable failure that was See No Evil, the WWE would give up filmmaking altogether. But the muscle-headed company intends to stick this one out. Like the redneck revolution that has given us a steady stream of Larry the Cable Guy movies, the WWE has announced that it intends to ramp up its cinematic slate.

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WWE makes no apologies for its knowing stupidity, if only they would realize that they can’t just make bad movies and get away with it…

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published: 12.23.2014
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