Nothing can escape the reboot craze these days, and next up is a creepy horror classic that’s been in the straight-to-DVD dumps for more than a decade.
Entertainment Weekly reports buzzy indie director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) has signed on to bring the cult horror franchise Puppet Master back to the big screen. The project is a co-production between di Bonaventura Pictures (Transformers) and Caliber Media (Bone Tomahawk), which is good news, considering the past few installments were a bit skimpy when it came to production values.
Per the report, the storyline for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich follows a recently divorced young man who discovers a mint-condition doll in his deceased brother’s closet. He tries to sell it at a toy convention, but “all hell breaks loose” when the puppets at the event come to life and go on a killing spree. Zahler’s adaptation is described as a “brand new take” on Charles Band’s horror series
“As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, I spent a vast majority of my allowance on Charles Band-produced films,” producer Dallas Sonnier said in a statement. “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.”
Along with directing, Zahler will also write the script for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (possibly the first installment in a new franchise, if all goes as planned). The series is no stranger to sequels, as the original film spun off more than half a dozen sequels (of various levels of quality).
Have you been waiting for more killer puppet action? Are you glad to see this one coming back to life?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)