Darren Lynn Bousman Dying To Make Another Leprechaun
What an odd bit of news. First Darren Lynn Bousman sets himself up to take on David Cronenberg's Scanners, now he wants to bring back Leprechaun. Before anyone starts throwing gold coins at the screen in frustration, this isn't confirmed, it's merely Bousman voicing his interest. MTV talked with the director and asked him what he would want to do next - his answer, of course, was Leprechaun. After six films, including "Back 2 tha Hood", I don't think anyone wants to see that series return, but maybe Bousman has a unique idea. "It's just one of those fun popcorn movies. I would love to bring back the fun popcorn movie - extreme violence, extreme absurdity - but make it fun. [My version] wouldn't be horror."
Bousman, who put himself on the map directing Saw II and Saw III and has Repo! The Genetic Opera due out later this year, seems very interested in the series. "I would do Leprechaun in a second. If Lionsgate is listening, give me Leprechaun." And what exactly is his unique idea of the lil green fella has already ventured into Las Vegas, into space, and into da hood? "Back to the old west. You send him in a time machine and transport him to the old west. There are gold rushes. There are gunfights. It's awesome! I have the whole thing already worked out!" Remarkably, I'm not completely opposed to this idea because it sounds just plain fun! As long as we can get Warwick Davis back, this should be given the green light.
Not everyone is a fan of Bousman and his work in the horror genre, but he's one of the few refreshing directors who's always looking to push the filmmaking boundaries and experiment. A remake may not seem as if he's doing anything original, but I bet if he did make it, it would be one of the best new horror films we'd see in a long time. But could the Leprechaun series actually make a triumphant return?