puppet master

There’s been a hot debate among fans in recent years as to whether Hollywood is running out of original ideas.  The influx of reboots and remakes have sparked a debate on whether the reasoning behind it is simply that of audience nostalgia driving business or the lack of originality in modern creators necessitating the need to look to the past for ideas.  Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that the rehashes are here to stay, and recent news brings word of a classic horror series being revived: ‘Puppet Master’ is, pardon the pun, coming back to life.

First appearing on the scary-movie scene in 1989 with the eponymous film, ‘Puppet Master’ was a staple in the horror genre for many years, with film sequels, toy lines, comic books, and more all finding their way into fans’ homes.  In the original movie line, the plot revolved around children’s puppets and dolls that were brought to life by an ancient Egyptian spell; while the animated toys usually brought destruction and mayhem, some throughout the series served as neutral and heroic characters as well.

Luckily for those that appreciate the genre, this revival appears to be more than just a simple cash grab.  Charles Band, the original writer/producer of the first ‘Puppet Master’ film and several of the subsequent sequels, will serve as an Executive Producer for the reboot film.  The production company for the film is Di Bonaventura Pictures, best known to audiences as the producers of the ‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ films, as well as recent horror/suspense films ‘1408’ and ‘The Devil Inside.’  S. Craig Zahler has been hired to write the script for the film, which is tentatively titled ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.”

Producer Dallas Sonnier, who attended the Texas Frightmare Weekend convention with Band and made the announcement on-stage there, said of the original film series:

“As a child of the ’80s and ’90s, 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 (di Bonaventura), Zahler, and Band all at once on this new take is simply a dream come true.”

No release date for the new film has yet been set.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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