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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 05.02.16] horror

Di Bonaventura Pictures (1408, Transformers) and Caliber Media (Dark was the Night) have partnered to develop a brand new take on Charles Band’s Full Moon pictures' cult classic horror film franchise Puppet Master.

The intention of the massive reboot is to produce multiple storylines within a new universe and the producers have set S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) to write the first script entitled Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and expand the mythology, and the director’s search is quietly underway.

The original Puppet Master is one of the most successful straight to video American horror film franchises that focuses on a group of anthropomorphic puppets animated by an Egyptian spell - each equipped with their own unique and dangerous device and are represented as heroes, anti-heroes, and antagonists. Produced by Band and his Full Moon Features label, the series was established in 1989 with the eponymous first installment, which has since been followed by numerous sequels, comic books, collector's items and toys.

The new film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian for di Bonaventura Pictures alongside Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller for Caliber Media. Charles Band will executive produce.

According to the release, Zahler’s take on Puppet Master is completely new, yet 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.

Di Bonaventura Pictures is best known for producing some of the world’s biggest film franchises including TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, as well as genre hits 1408 and THE DEVIL INSIDE. Their next film DEEPWATER HORIZON, a story set on the offshore drilling rig that exploded to create the worst oil spill in U.S. history, is set to be released in September of this year.

Zahler’s next film BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 was just announced with Vince Vaughn attached to star, with Sonnier and Heller producing.

Here is the original Puppet Master trailer:

Recommended Release: Puppet Master: volume 1 Blu-ray

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