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It seems that a new film in the horror-comedy saga that began in the nineties with the progenitor Leprechaun will hit screens soon.
Second The Hollywood Reporter (which reports the news exclusively), a new chapter in the cinematic epic mixing horror and comedy would be in the works for Lionsgate. Felipe Vargas should be directed, the young film-maker who had already bewitched horror lovers with his award-winning short film entitled Milk Teeth and who now promises to enchant again with feature films. In the meantime, Vargas is working on another feature film: his film debut will be the horror film made in Colombia entitled Rosary. With regard to Milk Teeth by Vargas, the short told of a child in an orphanage who goes on a teeth-dropping frenzy when he discovers a creature offering coins in exchange for teeth. Milk Teeth was a success on the festival circuit, awarded a DGA Student Film Award and an Imagen Award. It also won an award at the Fantasia Film Festival.
The new feature film will have a script written by Mike Van Waes, who worked on the live-action film Lilo & Stitch which is now in production.
Producing is Roy Lee, “one of the pillars of Hollywood horror” – as Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter – whose credits include Barbarian and the films of the series It. Roy Lee and Miri Yoon will produce through their Vertigo Entertainment banner. “Roy and Miri are two of our most trusted producers, especially in this genre,” he told The Hollywood Reporter Erin Westerman of Lionsgate.
Recall that the first film in the saga is famous for being the first film debut of Jennifer Aniston, in 1993.
“We are thrilled that the project can be taken forward by Felipe Vargas,” Lionsgate’s Erin Westerman told the US magazine. The Hollywood Reporter. “Thanks to him this production will be scary and fun at the same time,” he added.
“Lionsgate is preparing for a new search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” begins Borys Kit on thrmocking the story of the Irish leprechaun.
Leprechaun is the longest running franchise in Lionsgate history. The new beginning will feature a new style, designed to appeal to a new generation of viewers.
The Leprechaun saga began in 1993
The first film in the saga dedicated to Leprechaun was released in 1993, starring Warwick Davis.
The progenitor of the film series tells the story of the Irish leprechaun, a mythological figure that exists in the culture of Ireland. In the film, the leprechaun is looking for his pot of gold, which someone stole from him ten years ago. Meanwhile he will persecute and terrify the inhabitants of a farm in Ireland. The only way to get rid of the terrible goblin is to use a four-leaf clover. In fact, the latter turns out to be the only lethal weapon for the Leprechaun.
The films were originally from Trimark Pictures
Leprechaun was inaugurated by low-budget entertainment production house Trimark Pictures, which made the first film in 1993 with Warwick Davis playing a shoe-shine leprechaun, protector of gold and dispenser of vengeance.
Davis portrayed the shrewd leprechaun in six films, but skipped the last two, Leprechaun: Origins of 2014 and Leprechaun Returns of 2018. It seems that Warwick Davis is not part of the cast of the new project in progress by Lionsgate.
The Leprechaun saga joined Lionsgate in 2000
The movies of Leprechaun became part of Lionsgate in 2000, when the company acquired Trimark, turning the low-budget cult series into something that was in fact pioneered by franchises like The Saw, The Hunger Games And John Wick. The films have shown enduring popularity, so much so that the US channel Syfy Network organizes a marathon of Leprechaun every St. Patrick’s Day.
The film became famous for hosting the first cinematic interpretation of Jennifer Aniston, who in the first chapter released in 1993 was in her big screen debut. The enormous success enjoyed in the nineties meant that the first film inaugurated a successful franchise, which has spanned three decades.