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Here’s everything we know about Lionsgate’s ‘Leprechaun’ reboot

Since Lionsgate announced plans for a 'Leprechaun' reboot, here's everything we know about the potential project.

The funhouse-freaky Leprechaun franchise features some of the most outrageously-campy movies in the history of the horror genre. The 1993 original spawned an entire film series based on a calculating leprechaun who will stop at nothing to regain access to his pot of gold. And after horror website Bloody Disgusting revealed that Lionsgate was accepting pitches for a fresh reboot featuring the legendary St. Patrick’s Day villain, it was officially confirmed back in June 2023 that the reboot is happening.

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While the project remains in the very early stage of development, horror fans can rest assured that the production studio has already expressed a divine interest in seeing the project reach new heights. Seeing as horror reboots like Halloween (2018) and The Exorcist (2023) are making a comeback in the age of modern cinema, Lionsgate now has the perfect opportunity to reintroduce the world to the three-foot-tall, gold-hungry monster.

So before the luck of the Irish is perfectly showcased for St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday, let’s dive in and explore everything we know about the Leprechaun reboot at this point.

What is Leprechaun about?

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While the first six films in the franchise specifically focused on Lubdan the Leprechaun desperate to reunite with his gold coins, the latter two entries in the franchise aimed to provide a different approach to the leprechaun’s origin story — which meant that franchise veteran Warwick Davis made his exit after the sixth movie was complete.

Throughout the first six films, Lubdan searches for a new bride (Leprechaun 2), begins a merciless killing spree in Las Vegas (Leprechaun 3), causes terror in space (Leprechaun 4), and hunts down a pack of hoodlums that have thieved his belongings (Leprechaun: in the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood).

While 2018’s Leprechaun Returns did attempt to return to the franchise’s original timeline, it was the sloppy writing, bad dialogue, and the lack of Davis’ presence that kept it from being a critical and financial success. The concept has maintained radio silence ever since, and with the original reboot failing in 2014, the studio has returned to the drawing board in hopes of a new idea.

Who is the creative team behind the reboot?

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In the past, Darren Lynn Bousman —the director of Spiral: From the Book of Saw — has been itching for the opportunity to shape a new installment in the campy franchise. According to Bousman himself, he has hounded Lionsgate on several occasions for the chance to continue the ongoing storyline — and even has colossal dreams of adding Warwick Davis to the project.

As it stands, however, the upcoming reboot already has its creative team assembled for the project. That being said, “It”-producer Roy Lee is set to steer the horror movie, alongside producer Miri Yoon, and director Felipe Vargas.

What else can we expect?

With Lionsgate clearly having its creative team secured, all eyes are being shifted towards the project as a variety of star-studded talent could be considered for its leading and supporting roles. And with Mike Van Waes penning the script, one can only imagine the magnitude of terror which Lubdan will reach with his sinister antics.

From an acting standpoint, there are a slew of brilliant actors and actresses rising up in the horror ranks — might we make some dream casting suggestions? How about Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Last Night in Soho), Jenna Ortega (Scream, X), Lewis Pullman (Salem’s Lot), or Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Nope)? Any of these stars would certainly add an intriguing element that brings a certain level of familiarity. Additionally, seeing as Jennifer Aniston’s feature-film debut was the 1993 original Leprechaun, a new installment could undoubtedly benefit from her return.

For now, the project remains in the early stages, though horror fans will continue to pine for the slapstick-yet-deadly Irish creature to make his return to the big screen once more.


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Fascinated by the art of journalism, Taylor Mansfield has been writing for over 10 years. In the present day, she lends her expertise as a Staff Writer / Editor for WGTC, tackling a broad range of topics such as movies, television, celebrity news, and of course… *anything* horror! Because wherever there is horror — Taylor isn't far behind. She has previously contributed to entertainment sites such as GamersDecide, MovieWeb, and The Nerd Stash.