With eight films from 1993 to 2018 the ‘Leprechaun’ franchise has firmly secured itself as a horror staple. Those tuned into these sorts of things had been hearing rumblings that Lionsgate was seeking pitches for the next addition to the legacy and this week The Hollywood Reporter came through with an update. Director Felipe Vargas (‘Milk Teeth’) will take the reins with the screenplay written by Mike Van Waes. Producers on the film will be Roy Lee (‘Barbarian’ ‘It’) and Miri Yoon through Vertigo Entertainment.
There is not much else we know at this time, but it is not expected that Warwick Davis (star of 6 of the 8 films so far) will reprise the titular role.
“Thirty years after its debut, this franchise still casts a spell, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it back with a new vision,” Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “Roy and Miri are two of our most trusted producers, especially with this genre, and we’re excited by Felipe’s vision for the film as a director. In his hands, this movie should be very scary and a ton of fun.”
We eagerly await further details about this project!