|By Marc Middleton | January 24, 2013 | Comments|
Source: Crave OnlineWWE Studios President Michael Luisi recently spoke with CraveOnline about WWE's film division. Here are some highlights:
There's a long history of Scooby-Doo. Do you inherit some animation with that and add some animation of WWE likenesses? "So it'll be animated versions of our superstars. They've all voiced their own characters. We had fun recording sessions with everyone from Vince McMahon to John Cena to The Miz doing that one as well. Then the Scooby voices are voiced by the voice actors from Scooby, and there's a tradition in Scooby of bringing in other iconic characters and personalities to the Scooby-Doo mysteries, so it was fertile ground and we're just really excited about it. We think that's going to be something that all of our fans can really enjoy, as well as all the fans of Scooby."
How did the Leprechaun franchise end up with WWE? "Well, it's controlled by Lionsgate and all of the movies that we're doing now we do with co-producing, co-financing partners. I come out of 12 years at Miramax so I have a lot of relationships from the Miramax days and when I went out and pitched our new business model to the people I knew at Lionsgate, they said, 'Hey, you know what would be kind of fun? Finding something to do with your guys with one of your superstars that revolves around one of our existing franchises.' And I said, 'I've got the project for you: Leprechaun, Hornswoggle.' Our talent Hornswoggle who will play the Leprechaun in the reboot of the franchise."
The Rock became such a big superstar, do you have any projects with him or is his movie career totally separate now? "No, he participated in Wrestlemania last year and he's been involved with WWE events since then and I think there's nothing that would please us or our fans more than if we could find a way to do a movie project with him. So 'to be continued' on that front."
Luisi talked more about The Leprechaun reboot and if Warwick Davis would be involved, The Call with David Otunga, No Holds Barred over-performing on DVD and much more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.
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