A third Lawnmower Man is in development – but it might not be able to be released under The Lawnmower Man name, its director reveals.

Here’s a bit of a surprise. Director Brett Leonard has revealed in a new conversation that he’s working on a fresh sequel to his 1992 hit, The Lawnmower Man. The original film starred Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan, and was notable in particular for its use of virtual reality. I covered it on the Film Stories podcast previously, looking at just how much it was able to achieve on its modest budget. You can find that episode here.

Leonard has now been chatting to the Production Meeting podcast, and he’s revealed that he’s working on a third movie in the process of putting a third movie together – even if he might not be able to use The Lawnmower Man name.

He said that “Lawnmower Man Reborn may become L-Man Reborn. I own the moral rights because it’s completely my unique story but the guys that own The Lawnmower Man are kind of elusive, and it’s hard to see who really owns it”. He thus added that for the minute “I’m moving forward with L-Man Reborn ‘from the director of The Lawnmower Man, his next vision of a virtual world’. And that world will be a virtual world that will be interactive, first, and out of that will fall the narrative of the feature film”.

Characters from the original movie will be returning in the new one, and Leonard on the podcast too talks about how he wasn’t allowed to make the second movie himself.

You can find the full interview here. More on the movie as we hear it.

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