There’s not much that’s scarier to a child than their own toys coming to life and attacking them. A child’s toys are the only things that are always there for them and on their side as they try to make sense of a senseless world. For those toys to turn on a child would be the ultimate betrayal. Even for adults, tiny, lifelike, but utterly lifeless, humanoids can be disconcerting, a representation of humanity utterly devoid of any. That’s why stories about living dolls have so much staying power. Now, one of the most popular stories about murderous dolls is back. Again. Already. Puppet Master is set to be rebooted and reimagined. Hey, twelfth time’s a charm!
The first Puppet Master came out in 1989, the creation of producer/director Charles Band of Full Moon Features. Since then, the series has had ten sequels and prequels, not counting the crossover with Demonic Toys starring Corey Feldman, which exists outside of canon, because that would just be ridiculous. Apparently, the time has come for Puppet Master to get a big time makeover, because Transformers producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian have tapped S. Craig Zahler to pen a new script. Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller with Caliber Media will also be producing.
The new movie will be called Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, an apparent nod to the puppets’ history of fighting Nazis, which they had to do, because much like internet debates, direct-to-video film series are also subject to Godwin’s Law. The movie is said to involve:
“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.”
Working on Puppet Master is a dream come true for Sonnier, who said:
“As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, I spent a vast majority of my allowance on Charles Band-produced films. 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.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to take the series in a new direction while embracing all the practical effects and terrifying insanity that fans of the Puppet Master films love.”
What do you think of this news? Does Puppet Master need a reboot?