Another horror franchise is being revived, as SyFy recently announced they were creating another film for the Leprechaun series. Leprechaun Returns was announced by the network on St. Patrick’s Day with writer Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead) and director Steven Kostanski (The Void) behind the camera, and promises more murders courtesy of the ghoulish creature when it airs in March 2019.
The original Leprechaun starred Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films) and was released in 1993, quickly earning back its $1 million budget and more, leading to sequel the following year--Leprechaun 2. The series continued from there, and actually included some pretty recognizable faces, including Jennifer Aniston in one of her first major on screen roles. The series has also taken some questionable detours, including bringing the titular Leprechaun to space. Warwick Davis continued to reprise the starring role up until the reboot in 2014, which starred Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl. The goal of the reboot was to be darker than the horror-comedy franchise viewers were used to seeing, and in spite of the shift in tone, reviews were predominantly negative.
The new teaser doesn’t offer much in terms of the story, though the tone definitely seems on the sillier side. Much in the same vein as the previous films, the plot will kick off with humans unwittingly brining the Leprechaun into our world—in this case, it’s a group of sorority girls who awake him while in the process of building a new sorority house.
One things for sure, knowing how movies like these work, most of these girls won’t be making it out in one piece. Will this film be as successful as the original, or go the way of it’s sequels? Well, only time will tell.