RLJE Films has acquired North American rights to Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, the movie that serves as a reimagining of the 1989 Full Moon Features cult horror pic. Udo Kier toplines the new incarnation that co-stars Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare and Barbara Crampton. S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) penned the script and We Are Monsters‘ Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund co-directed.
The pic will now hit theaters in August 2018 via the resurrected Fangoria label after that horror mag was acquired by Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk. They produced the pic with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and David Liljeblad. Adam Donaghey, Johnathan Brownlee, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Rick Prince and Red Sanders executive produced along with Charles Band, who was behind the original film.
The plot centers on Edgar (Lennon), recently divorced and reeling, who returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
RLJE’s Mark Ward and Jess De Leo fnegotiated the deal with Sonnier on behalf of Cinestate.