Following on from great acclaim for his cannibal western drama “Bone Tomahawk,” filmmaker S. Craig Zahler has been tapped to pen the script for “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” the first in a proposed cinematic universe based on Charles Band’s cult classic horror franchise.
The original 1989 film revolved around a group of anthropomorphic puppets animated by an Egyptian spell, each equipped with its own unique and dangerous device – some were heroes, others antiheroes, and others antagonists. Numerous sequels, comics, collector’s items and toys followed.
Di Bonaventura Pictures and Caliber Media are developing the new film which will kick off multiple storylines and an expanded mythology for the franchise. This one 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. The new film is said to include brutally inventive puppet kills infused with the same comedy of the original.
Zahler will only pen the film, a search for a director is now underway. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller will produce.