The Leprechaun franchise tends to be a “love it or hate it” type deal, with little middle ground. Either one loves the hilariously murderous antics of the Leprechaun, or they hate the films for being too silly. Me, I love most of them, and think they’re tons of fun.
There have to date been seven installments in the Leprechaun lineage, the first six starring the excellent Warwick Davis as the titular gold-seeking sprite. There’s also the absolutely dreadful 2014 reboot Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE’s Hornswoggle.
Not a peep has been heard from Leprechaun since that crappy reboot, but today, Syfy announced that they’re working on another entry, titled Leprechaun Returns. The film will premiere on the network in March 2019, and the teaser trailer can be seen below.
Sadly, that is indeed not Warwick Davis reprising the lead role. However, new actor Linden Porco seems to having a ball, and doing his best to live up to Davis. Leprechaun Returns is actually a direct sequel to the original 1993 film, and continues the story from there.
Leprechaun Returns will see ol’ Lep targeting sorority girls, which will probably be quite hilarious of a scenario. Helping connect this new film to the original will be the returning Ozzie (Mark Holton), who the Leprechaun almost killed 25 years ago.
Perhaps the coolest part of this whole announcement is that Leprechaun Returns will be directed by Steven Kostanski, helmer of last year’s absolutely badass The Void. Writing the script is Suzanne Keilly, who penned the awesome “Ashy Slashy” episode of Ash vs Evil Dead.