While Charles Band works at putting the finishing touches on PUPPET MASTER: AXIS TERMINATION, the latest entry in the Full Moon franchise, di Bonaventura Pictures and Caliber Media are moving forward with their PUPPET MASTER reboot PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH.
Scripted by BONE TOMAHAWK writer/director S. Crag Zahler, THE LITTLEST REICH is about
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.
Band will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is meant to be the beginning of a whole new PUPPET MASTER franchise while still featuring the "brutally inventive puppet kills" and "comedic tendencies" of the Full Moon films.
PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH is scheduled to begin filming in the Dallas, Texas area on March 27th, with production wrapping up on April 15th. This information comes from an extras casting call shared by the Dallas Film Commission.
Last week, the directors, producers, cast, and crew of THE LITTLEST REICH were in attendance for a free theatrical screening of the original PUPPET MASTER in Dallas. The 35mm print the audience got to watch that night was on loan from Band.
With cameras set to start rolling on THE LITTLEST REICH by the end of the month, we should be learning more about the project very soon. I'm really looking forward to seeing what a PUPPET MASTER movie written by the man who brought us BONE TOMAHAWK is going to be like.