Zach Lipovsky, who made Tasmanian Devils, Dead Rising: Watchtower, Freaks and the live action Kim Possible made this movie, which probably already had Leprechaun fans upset because Warwick Davis was gone and in his place was WWE wrestler Hornswoggle.
This version of the character isn’t making jokes and appears in a movie that’s closer to Midsommar than a slasher. It actually doesn’t have anything to do with the original films other than the name and the idea that it features leprechauns. Otherwise, it’s very much its own movie.
Now, whether or not that’s a good thing is up to the viewer. It’s fine for what it is, but as you may have learned this week, I have no great love for this series of films. They could make a movie in space, err, in the hood, err…look, they could make any kind of movie they want in this series and my life will be just fine. So a reboot to a less talky little guy doesn’t make me get misty eyed.