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Interview with Leprechaun Returns director Steven Kostanski
By James Whittington, Monday 17th December 2018
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Horror's smallest terror is back to reclaim the treasure that's been lost for 25 years in Leprechaun Returns which has just been released across all streaming platforms. We spoke to its director, Steven Kostanski about this movie the challenges of carrying on a much loved franchise.

HC: How were you approached to direct Leprechaun Returns?

SK: The producers contacted my manager and he sent me the script. I had a few conversations with them over the phone discussing the direction they wanted go, and once I saw that they were looking to get away from the seriousness of Leprechaun Origins I knew I wanted to do the project.

HC: What did you think of Suzanne Keilly's script when you first read it?

SK: I enjoyed reading it a lot, I thought there was tons of potential for fun set-pieces and entertaining -characters. I appreciated that the script wasn't trying to do a gritty serious re-imagining of the character and embraced the silliness of the concept.

HC: Were you a fan of the original series?

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SK: I was a fan of specifically Leprechaun 3 growing up, that's the one I rented and watched the most. Though now that my tastes have matured I'm more into Leprechaun in the Hood.

HC: Was it a tough movie to cast and was original Leprechaun actor Warwick Davis approached to resurrect his role?

SK: Warwick was approached before I came onboard, and I was told he wasn't available. We auditioned lots of actors for the role, but when I saw Linden's tape I knew he was the guy. He showed the perfect balance of fun and sinister to portray the Leprechaun.

HC: Are there any references to the original franchise?

SK: The film is a direct sequel to the original, so there are numerous references. Mark Holton is back as the character of Ozzie from the original film. It takes place at the farmhouse from the first movie as well. There's other references I don't want to spoil, you'll just have to watch the movie to spot them all!

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HC: This is very different from what you've directed before - was this deliberate?

SK: The only movie it differs from is The Void, the rest of my filmography is more comedic and absurd, so doing a horror comedy wasn't a big stretch for me.

HC: Would you be up for directing a sequel?

SK: If the premise is cool and if the fans enjoy what I did with Leprechaun Returns - sure!

HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?

SK: I'm building creatures for a low budget film I wrote and am directing, the details of which I need to keep under wraps for now...

HC: Steven Kostanski, thank you very much.


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