Darren Lynn Bousman, the director best known for directing four entries in the Saw franchise, including the newest entry, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, has made it very clear over the years that he is making a leap after want to do in front leprechaun. Call it a restart, name it what you will, but Bousman wants to see Warwick Davis in the role again, give the killer a time machine and take him back to the old west.
I recently had the opportunity to speak to myself Darren Lynn Bousman in honor of the publication of Spiral. During our conversation, I asked him why he is so concerned about doing this reboot of Leprechaun and why he is so confident that he is the right man with the right mindset for the job. For him, it’s about making a fun horror movie. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“Here’s what I love about the Leprechaun franchise. They’re ridiculous. They’re fun. They’re violent. It’s a perfect popcorn horror movie. It doesn’t try to be overly serious. It doesn’t try to be over-anxious. It’s just a fun time. I think I miss those types of movies that are just for fun. While I love the Hereditarys and the Midsommars, The Witch. Those are my favorite movies. They are no fun. Your asshole is you sweat in Film. I want to laugh at films like Final Destinations, where you are very popular in the theater and I think Leprechaun kind of embodies that. I think the more they went on, they got more ridiculous. I love that. I love them Fact that they would send Kobold to the Hood and then back to the Hood! Again! And then into space! ”
Warwick Davis played the title character in the first Leprechaun movie, released in 1993, and repeated the role five times, through 2003 Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. But with Leprechaun: Origins 2014, it was Dylan Postl, also known as Hornswoggle, who took over the coat. Linden Porco played the role for Leprechaun Returns in 2018. But for Darren Lynn Bousman, getting Warwick Davis to return is a sticking point.
“I really want Leprechaun to get a time machine and start a whole new franchise. I want to send him to the Colorado Gold Rush. He will go back to the Colorado Gold Rush era and antics will follow. I will just do it.” with Warwick Davis, and I’ll make it happen. I will bring this to life. I’ve wanted every movie I wanted to make, whether it’s a weird rock opera or going to Japan to do a TV series. I’ll be returning to Leprechaun a Warwick Davis. I love A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I didn’t love the Jackie Earle Haley Nightmare on Elm Street because Robert Englund is my Freddy Krueger. Warwick Davis is my leprechaun. That’s all i’m saying I will make it happen. ”
The filmmaker has been very clear about how to get the horror icon back into the gold rush for some time. It is important to note that Lionsgate controls the Leprechaun franchise and also happens to be distributing the Saw films. For what it’s worth, Darren Lynn Bousman made big bucks directing Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, and now Spiral.
Why exactly the studio won’t get him to do this remains to be seen. It seems that there is nothing to lose and possibly an overhauled franchise to win. But it’s not clear what the plans for leprechaun are at this point, if any. Perhaps most importantly related to that particular idea of whether or not Warwick Davis would be ready to return. In the meantime, check out Spiral: From the Book of Saw, which is now available in Lionsgate theaters.