**Update: Bousman just put up a blog on his MySpace page addressing this and other rumors…**
The following story is not a joke. It features actual quotes director Darren Lynn Bousman gave MTV regarding his wanting to resurrect the Leprechaun franchise. How much glue sniffing was involved cannot be confirmed.
Truth is there’s really nothing to this story. It’s just the insane ramblings of a filmmaker talking about a dream project. That Darren Lynn Bousman considers rebooting the Leprechaun franchise a dream project makes me wonder what goes through his head when he lays it on his pillow at night. I suppose it could be worse. I mean it’s not like he’s declaring he’d love to redo Dr. Giggles.
No doubt suffering from some sort of brain trauma stemming from the indefensible shafting his “>Repo! The Genetic Opera (review) is getting from Lionsgate, the Saw II-IV maestro told MTV, “I would do Leprechaun in a second. If Lionsgate is listening, give me Leprechaun.”
This is a cry for help, right?
Bousman went on to say, “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.”
I’d love that too, but Leprechaun? If he were proposing a Wishmaster vs. Leprechaun movie I’d be all for it. But a stand alone, brand new, ultra violent, ultra absurd Leprechaun flick? I just don’t know about that. I realize the franchise has a following, but for me, even a guy who loves schlocky cinema; I can’t say I’m much of a fan; too much bad camp for my taste.
Bousman’s idea for the film’s plot: “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!”
First of all, if I may paraphrase a line from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, why does a leprechaun need a time machine? All the magic a leprechaun can perform and yet he’s powerless in the face of quantum mechanics?
Secondly, like the characters in a Leprechaun movie, Bousman really ought to be careful what he wishes for. Given Hollywood’s aversion to originality and fondness for name-brand marketing, Lionsgate could very easily take him up on his offer and send him over the rainbow to the land of the Lollipop Guild from hell. After all, we are living in a world where a Troll remake is in the works.
And if Bousman’s dream ever does come true you just know they’ll recast the title role too. No doubt replacing Warwick Davis, who’ll they consider not a big enough star (I swear that wasn’t meant to be a short joke!), with the entertainment industry’s current go-to little person of the moment, Verne Troyer. You know that’ll happen. Though Peter Dinklage, now him I could see playing a really maniacal Leprechaun along the lines of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Oh, what’s that, Mr. Bousman?
“[My version] wouldn’t be horror.”
Well, thank goodness you clarified that for us given the serious horror nature of those Leprechaun sequels set in outer space and the ‘hood. Had me worried for a moment there you might go off all half-cocked thinking you were going to make a dark, surreal, Lovecraftian horror movie about a limerick-spouting, gold-obsessed, sometimes pot smoking, psychopathic leprechaun.
Now if only Darren Lynn Bousman could try making a less absurd Saw sequel.
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