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[Exclusive] Udo Kier Playing Villain in Reboot ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’!

Nearly 30 years after Full Moon’s Puppet Master burst onto the scene, the franchise is getting a fresh new reboot in the form of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. It’ll be the first film in the series not directly made by Full Moon, and with S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) penning the script, we can expect that it’ll quite possibly be the franchise’s best movie to date.

With filming set to begin later this month, we’ve nabbed some exclusive goodies today that we think you’re going to dig. For starters, Zahler himself hand-picked Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (Wither, We Are Monsters) to direct the new film, and they’re bringing frequent partner David Liljeblad along with them. In addition, we can exclusively report that veteran actor Udo Kier (Suspiria, Blade) will be playing Toulon, the sophisticated villain in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Toulon, the titular puppet master, is a French-speaking Nazi.

Zahler’s reboot has been called a “deceptively intelligent & substantial new take.”

He told us:

“I am a big fan of micro budget horror, and was first exposed to the work Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund years ago when I saw their movie, MADNESS.  It was immediately clear to me that these directors were inclined toward subtler performances than were any of their peers, and that they had a canny understanding of how to craft grim and tense suspense sequences.  Their talents are displayed throughout their filmography, and I am confident that with more resources and some meaty material they will flourish.”

Added Laguna and Wiklund:

“Finally someone saw the potential in us, three horror loving Swedes that have been doing this sort of thing for almost ten years. After reading the script that Zahler wrote, we thought it was a great start for a new take on an old fan favorite, putting it in the modern era of horror movies.”

“To have the chance to reboot a classic from the late ’80s, a time where puppets and other creatures were sky high in popularity, is a dream come true. We grew up watching them on VHS, and here we are, planning a kill scene with Blade. This feels as surreal as it is fun to do.”

In Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

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 The Brass Buckle during the auction when a strange force animates all of the various puppets throughout the convention as they go on a bloody killing spree.

Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk are producing for Cinestate, along with Jack Heller of Assemble Media. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures are also producers on the project. Charles Band (the original franchise producer) is executive producing, as are Wayne Godfrey & Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility, Jonathan Feuer of Flexibon Films, Red Sanders of Red Productions, Will Evans of Cinestate, Adam Donaghey (A Ghost Story), Johnathan Brownlee (Three Days in August) and Rick Prince (LWA: All Saints’ Eve).



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19 Comments
  • Miroslav Petkov

    Niiice!!
    Hope we see some more famous faces. Zahler’s other movies include a lot of great name actors (Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, David Arquette, Matthew Fox, Sid Haig, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, and soon he will work with Mel Gibson).
    Udo Kier is also in his upcoming movie “Brawl in Cell Block 99”.

    • Dr. Acula

      Barbara Crampton is in.

  • John Connor

    It’s called a ‘sequel’, retards.

    • conker

      this aint a sequel? you are thinking of Charles Band’s new movie Puppet Master: Axis Termination. Completely different movie. Udo Kier is playing an evil Nazi Andre Toulon, the original Puppet Master trilogy Andre Toulon was a friendly French children’s performer who was married to a Jewish woman, who killed himself so the Nazis couldn’t get the secrets from him. Different story.

      • John Connor

        Until its revealed that the Udo Kier character stole Andre Toulon’s name or something crazy.

        • Jarvis hug

          Yeah it says the new script is very smart so I do expect something like that to happen too.

        • Dr. Acula

          https://www.facebook.com/barbaracrampton/posts/1044763845627672?comment_id=1045425815561475&reply_comment_id=1045616705542386

          Barbara Crampton confirmed it has nothing to do with the previous movies it is the starting point for a new take for new fans.

          • John Connor

            It may be a new story, but that doesn’t mean its not in the same universe.
            I’m still unconvinced as to it being a remake.
            It still retains the same characters with the same look while having a subtitle much like a sequel.

            They throw around the term ‘reboot’ like it actually means something.
            All ‘reboot’ means is that some idiotic suits think its cool to say ‘reboot’ instead of sequel or remake.
            ‘Reboot’ means nothing.

            This film is either a sequel or a remake.
            We’ll have our answer when it can be seen.

            I would bet that its a sequel.
            It just seems to me that the producers and their media-promotion is all about trying to disconnect it from the previous films owned by a different company while continuing the universe.

            I could be wrong and it could be a remake.
            We’ll see.

          • Dr. Acula

            The characters will not look the same. Blade is the only puppet made by Toulon. The other puppets are just toys at an auction hall that Blade brings to life and do not belong to Toulon (that includes Tunneler and Pinhead).

            Barbara has told us Toulon is a completely different from the original, inside and out, his story of finding the magic and all is completely different and in no way shape of form connected to the original.

            Sorry.

          • John Connor

            Don’t be sorry.

            Thanks for the info.

            What’s the story with the rights to Puppet Master?

            There’s another Puppet Master (that’s for sure a sequel) coming out around the same time, right?

            Is that going to be the last in the series?

          • Dr. Acula

            I want to fit it in with the others two, but an actress and producer both told me nope sadly. Littlest Reich is going to spawn atleast two more sequels and Charles is contineuing to do his ones. kinda like Shin Godzilla and Godzilla 2014 two series going on at once by different companies. He is producing both so they both belong to him still.

  • I was like, “Udo!”

    • Matt

      Udo Kier is awesome, but imagine if it was Udo Dirkschneider!

  • Nat Brehmer

    My only problem with this comes from being someone who is way too passionate about this ridiculous franchise. I love S. Craig Zahler, and Udo, and the basic concept, but if it’s true that this version of Toulon is the villain and a Nazi, then I’ve got problems with the direction it’s going in. Andre Toulon was a man targeted by the Nazis for his political satire and was then forced to kill himself after they sought to use his magic in their own experiments.

    He died to keep his work out of Nazi hands. His wife was a Jewish woman executed by the Nazis. The puppets themselves are all inhabited by the souls of Jewish Nazi victims, built so they could take revenge on their oppressors. On that level, making Toulon into a Nazi is kind of messed up. But I don’t know what direction they’re taking this in or what the end game is, so I’m going to remain excited and hopeful for now.

    • Jarvis hug

      I’m fine with it, it is different, I wish they changed Toulon’s name as it doesn’t fit a Nazi, but then again there is probably a twist, this guy stole the secret or the puppets from the real puppeteer so just wait and see.

      • Justin McGill

        probably. everyone THINKS he was Nazi.. but that’s the rub.. the twist will be he was murdered by them.. or at least I hope so. Otherwise they just wrecked the character for absolutely no reason.

        • Bloated Butcher

          In 4 they find the forged passport and assume he is, also at the end of 3 he is wearing the Gestapo major’s clothes and posing as him and in the unmade Puppet Wars movie script it continues with Toulon on a train full of nazis and the whole time he is pretending to be one of them.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Not a fan of the quote, but, man, I am absolutely loving that cover artwork. Even if it is a little amateurish on the layering of the blood with the puppets. Great job from that Graphic Designer.

  • WALKTER

    Zahler did a great job with Bone Tomahawk, I’m looking forward to anything this guy works on especially as a writer, the dialogue in Tomahawk was hilarious.

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