Spiral director Darren Bousman says he wants to tackle a reboot of the cult horror franchise Leprechaun if his Saw franchise reboot is a hit. Starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols, Spiral is the ninth movie in the long-running horror franchise and will be a soft reboot/sequel. After initially being scheduled to drop in May 2020, Spiral's release date moved back a whole year to May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It will reportedly be a less gory take on the mythology of the universe, diverting from the last few entries in the series, which focused on the blood and guts. Bousman has spoken about returning the franchise to its roots in Spiral, something he knows a little bit about, having helmed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. He's teased fans of the Saw movies, saying Spiral has a lot of connections to the previous movies and mythology. Whether that approach turns into success for Spiral remains to be seen, especially seeing as it's being released before predictions say the COVID pandemic will be over. But if it does become a box office hit, Bousman, perhaps jokingly, has set his sights on another long-running horror franchise.
Bousman tweeted at Spiral producer Lionsgate on Wednesday that if Spiral turns out to be a hit he wants to take a crack at rebooting the Leprechaun franchise. The Lionsgate account replied later in the day, saying they'll be in touch via their Leprechauns. The timing of the tweets, coming as they did on St. Patrick's Day, makes them seem a little tongue-in-cheek, but there is always the chance this is a soft announcement that Bousman is actually taking on a Leprechaun reboot next. You can see the tweets below:
my p̵e̵o̵p̵l̵e̵ leprechauns will call your p̵e̵o̵p̵l̵e̵ leprechauns.— Lionsgate (@Lionsgate) March 17, 2021
If Bousman and Lionsgate are being serious, it would be a risky move. The Leprechaun series has never been a major hit and suffered from a serious lack of quality with recent entries. The WWE-produced reboot Leprachaun: Origins was a disaster, getting mauled by critics and failing to connect with audiences at all. If Bousman wants to tackle the franchise he'll have to work to make it attractive to producers and fans alike, and will need to restore both the comedy and the horror to the franchise.
If the Leprechaun reboot does happen, it would be a big surprise, and also a sign that Spiral: From the Book of Saw did very well at the box office. Even then, it's difficult to see how Bousman would be able to make a Leprechaun reboot that would appeal to anyone but die-hard horror fans, but there's no doubt it would be entertaining to see him try.
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