“Transformers” Producer Takes On Cult Franchise
Looks like Puppet Master, the cult classic franchise – concerning a group of puppets brought to life by an Egyptian spell – is getting a makeover.
The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Di Bonaventura Pictures, best known for the Transformers and GI Joe movies, and Caliber Media are teaming up to expand the mythology and create multiple storylines. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what they do with this franchise since there is any number of directions in which they can take it.
The first script – to be penned by S. Craig Zahler – will be called Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich – a title which suggests the storyline will have a connection to the Nazis. That makes sense since the puppets did fight them during the original series.
Zahler made his directorial debut with last year’s Bone Tomahawk, his first collaboration with Caliber, a Western starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Jenkins and Matthew Fox.
The new Puppet Master tale concerns a young divorcee who discovers a strange doll in his deceased brother’s closet, and decides to sell his find at a special convention in Oregon. The fun really starts when some dolls – animated by a supernatural force – spring to life and embark on a killing spree.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian is producing the film for Di Bonaventura Pictures, while Dallas Sonier and Jack Heller will produce for Caliber. Charles Band, who shepherded the original franchise to the screen, is serving as executive producer.
In the original mythology, the puppets – equipped with their own lethal device – are not always threatening and evil. Some are heroes, anti-heroes and protagonists.
As always, we’ll bring you more info as soon as we receive it. So stay tuned.