Lionsgate Reportedly Planning a New Leprechaun Movie

Somebody check Warwick Davis’ availability because Lionsgate may greenlight a new Leprechaun movie.

According to a report by Bloody Disgusting, Lionsgate is “actively seeking out pitches for the next Leprechaun movie, “although this has not been officially confirmed. The last installment in the horror-comedy franchise, Leprechaun Returnspremiered on the Syfy channel in March 2019.

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The franchise began in 1993 with Leprechaun, starring Davis and Jennifer Aniston. While it originally received negative reviews from critics, the film became a cult classic and spawned five sequels, all starring Davis as the mischievous and murderous leprechaun Lubdan, who resorts to any means necessary to reclaim his gold when it is taken from him. Lionsgate rebooted the property in 2014 with Leprechaun Origins which starred Dylan Postl as Lubdan. The studio returned to the original timeline with Syfy’s Leprechaun Returns in 2019, which picked up 25 years after the events of Leprechaun. Linden Porco portrayed the titular character in the legacy sequel.

Darren Lynn Bousman, who is known for directing four films in the Saw franchise, has been vocal about wanting to helm a Leprechaun sequel, with Lionsgate even responding to the director on Twitter in March 2021 saying, “my leprechauns will call your leprechauns.” In May 2021, Bousman begged Lionsgate for the property while promoting his film, Spiral: From the Book of Saw. “It’s always the Leprechaun movie, and I’m gonna take this chance, because I know Lionsgate is listening in that room over there, give me the f-cking Leprechaun franchise. I mean, seriously, I’ve been asking for 15 years, ”Bousman said.

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“There are moments of that in Spiral that are fun, with the Forrest Gump [discussion]but the Leprechaun movie, to me, is the epitome of a fun moviegoing experience, “Bousman continued.” It’s ridiculous, it’s over the top, it’s gory, it’s violent, give that to me. What else are you gonna do with it? “

Leprechaun Returns director Steven Kostanski has also expressed interest in returning to the horror-comedy franchise. “If it happens, I’d love to do it,” Kostanski said in January 2021. “I had a lot of fun making that movie, and it was a great experience. It gave me more of an appreciation for the Leprechaun movies. ”

“I feel we made something that fits into that mythology nicely, and I think there’s a lot of room to continue it,” he said about Leprechaun Returns. “I haven’t heard anything [referencing future film projects] but if I was asked to do a follow-up, I’d be into it. “

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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