One of last year’s most underrated gems was S. Craig Zahler’s visceral Western horror, Bone Tomahawk. Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, and a handful of other bonafide veterans, the film offered an uncompromising 132 minutes of terror and some of the sickest gore to ever hit the silver screen.
With that in mind, diehard fans of Charles Band’s Puppet Master series should be elated to know that Zahler’s latest gig is to reboot the whole damn thing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writer and director has signed on to write Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich for Di Bonaventura Pictures and Caliber Media.
The idea is to carve out multiple storylines with the hopes of creating an expanded mythology. Zahler’s facelift will follow a recent divorcee who finds a mint condition Blade doll in his brother’s closet. He tries to sell it at a convention honoring the 30th anniversary of the Toulon Murders … and yeah, things don’t go too well.
Caliber’s Dallas Sonnier and Band, who will serve as executive producer, announced the project together this past Saturday at Fangoria’s Texas Frightmare Weekend, promising the same horror, comedy, and practical effects that made the original films so iconic and haunting. So, that’s reassuring.
Revisit the original 1989 film’s trailer below.