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‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ Begins Filming Next Week!

'Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich' Begins Filming Next Week!

Variety reports that Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will begin principal photography in Dallas next week, which is a remake of the original 1989 horror classic.

The film is being directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, who helmed the 2012 horror flick Wither, from a script written by S. Craig Zahler.

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.

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.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich stars Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins and Michael Pare.