Cast for PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH has been announced!!!
Variety - Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier will star in “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” a new take on the durable horror franchise.
The Cinestate production begins principal photography in Dallas next week. Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins and Michael Pare are also starring.
Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (“Wither”) will direct from a script written by “Bone Tomahawk” screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk are producing for Cinestate, along with Jack Heller of Assemble Media. “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures are also producers on the project along with frequent Laguna & Wiklund partner David Liljeblad.
Charles Band (the original franchise producer) is executive producing, as are Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility, Jonathan Feuer of Flexibon Films, Red Sanders of Red Productions, Will Evans of Cinestate, Adam Donaghey, Johnathan Brownlee and Rick Prince. Frequent Laguna & Wiklund partner David Liljeblad is also producing.
“Puppet Master,” released in 1989, was written by Band and Kenneth J. Hall, and directed by David Schmoeller. It stars Paul Le Mat, Irene Miracle, Matt Roe and Kathryn O’Reilly as psychics using deadly puppets — Blade, Jester, Pinhead, Tunneler, Leech Woman, Shredder Khan and Gengie — animated by an Egyptian spell and created by puppeteer Andre Toulon. “Puppet Master” was released direct-to-video and developed a following that led to nine sequels.
“Puppet Master: The Little Reich” centers on a recently divorced young man discovers a mint condition Blade doll in his deceased brother’s closet and plans to sell the toy at a convention in Texas celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose at during the auction when a strange force animates all of the various puppets throughout the convention as they go on a bloody killing spree.
Producers assert that the new will include the puppet mayhem mixed with comedy while expanding upon Toulon’s backstory. Kier will portray Toulon. Zahler sought out Laguna and Wiklund to direct due to his interest in their previous micro-budget horror films.
Lennon has extensive credits as an actor and writer and is best known for his work on MTV’s “The State,” Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!” and CBS’s “The Odd Couple.” He is the writing partner of Robert Ben Garant; they’ve teamed on the “Night at the Museum” franchise and the upcoming “Baywatch.”
Kier is a German actor with more than 200 credits. He’s appeared in most of Lars Von Trier’s films including “Nymphomaniac.” Kier is also starring in Zahler’s upcoming “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” also starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson.
Fans should remember actress Barbara Crampton already had a cameo in the original film, as the woman getting her fortune told. It's unlikely she will be playing the same character. I'm still not certain if the film is a full reboot or a loose sequel. Some say full reboot, while others say it's still technically a sequel, it just won't hold a strong continuity with the previous films. I'm finding it to be more of a reboot, seeing is Toulon's backstory will again be explored, and it's unlikely they'll follow Retro Puppet Master or Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge to the tooth. There is speculation that Toulon will be a villain, if this Toulon is even the same Andre Toulon we're all familiar with. But the idea this new Toulon may not be Andre is simply a rumor, and not to be taken seriously.
PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH to begin filming March 27th!!!
Joblo - 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.
The film is being directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, the duo behind Swedish horror films WITHER and WE ARE MONSTERS.
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.
It's been maybe a year since any news was announced in relation to this reboot. For some time I was worrying if this was even official or simply doomed for failure. As far as I know Charles Band has never commented on it. And what seems like overnight, they are suddenly ready for filming. I hope they announce the cast soon. Supposedly veteran actor Udo Kier (Suspiria, Blade) is playing Andre Toulon, but until we hear more, take that with a grain of salt.
From the sound the plot I figured it was a direct sequel to the original, ignoring all the previous sequels. But apparently it is a full reboot. We may be looking at a series of new films released simultaneously with the Full Moon franchise, if they continue that is. I would prefer a modern sequel, but considering Full Moon's financial woes, this may be the best we could hope for.
RiffTrax tackles RETRO PUPPET MASTER in a brand new VOD!!!
RiffTrax - Oh hai, direct-to-video prequel to C-list 90s horror movie franchise!
Greg Sestero, who you might know from such roles as Mark from The Room and Retro Puppet Master, stars in Retro Puppet Master! Learn the answers to all your burning Puppet Master questions like: “Where did he get the puppets?” (He already had them) and “What kind of drugs, Denny?” (It doesn’t matter)
To top it all off, Mark tries to pull off a French accent for the entire movie that somehow ends up sounding even faker and weirder than Tommy Wiseau’s. You know those videos where a dog is holding a huge stick in their mouth and trying to get through a doorway, but they can’t because the stick is too big? That’s what it’s like watch Mark attempt to act while simultaneously maintaining a “French” accent.
Fear not! No prior knowledge of the Puppet Master series is required. No, not even Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys. Join Mike, Kevin, Chris R, and Bill for Retro Puppet Master.*
*Chris R was arrested before he was able to record. Mark assures us that “It’s clear.”
The cast of the cult TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 return.
I love the Puppet Master films. This was the second film in the series I saw, after Curse. I didn't like it much at first, but it grew on me around the third viewing. I'm glad RiffTrax has decided to tackle one. Even if it was likely only because it starred Greg Sestero. If you're a fan of MST3K or of RiffTrax, you may want to check this out. Full Moon fans may also like to know this is the Region 2 European version, which includes footage not seen on the North American VHS or DVD releases. I just hope you all have a sense of humor.
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