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Could it be? In a twist worthy of the end of a SAW film, this morning, we received the surprising announcement that the producers of BONE TOMAHAWK (one of our favorite films of 2015), along with Di Bonaventura Pictures (1408, TRANSFORMERS) and Caliber Media (DARK WAS THE NIGHT, SOME KIND OF HATE) have teamed up with legendary producer Charles Band of Full Moon to make a new PUPPET MASTER film.
S. Craig Zahler, who wrote and directed BONE TOMAHAWK, is currently penning the script for PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH with a search underway for a potential director. The announcement was made during this past weekend’s Texas Frightmare Weekend convention.
“We couldn’t be more excited to take the series in a new direction while embracing all the practical effects and terrifying insanity that fans of the PUPPET MASTER films love,” said Jack Heller of Caliber Media. “As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, I spent a vast majority of my allowance on Charles Band-produced films,” added Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier, “PUPPET MASTER was hands down my favorite, and I had the movie poster on my wall and a giant standee in my bedroom. The chance to work with Lorenzo, Zahler, and Band all at once on this new take is simply a dream come true.”
According to the press release, Zahler’s completely new take on PUPPET MASTER maintains all of the brutally inventive puppet kills infused with the comedic tendencies that made the original franchise so popular with fans, while expanding upon Toulon’s backstory and developing richer dialogue, characters, and narratives.
The storyline for THE LITTLEST REICH follows a recently divorced young man who discovers a mint condition Blade doll in his deceased brother’s closet and plans to sell the toy at a convention in Oregon celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose at the Postville Lodge during the auction when a strange force animates all of the various puppets throughout the convention as they go on a bloody killing spree.
Considering the writing on BONE TOMAHAWK was one of the strongest aspects of that film, it’s exciting to hear that Zahler is reinterpreting the PUPPET MASTER mythology in his own unique voice. Below is the awesome teaser poster.
In case you missed it, check out our interview with S. Craig Zahler about BONE TOMAHAWK right here.