There was recently a rumor floating around that Full Moon’s Charles Band wanted to remake his original PUPPET MASTER (1989), but with no quote or source attributed it would have been a thin story to go on. But now we have verbal confirmation from the man himself, that it’s at least a valid project in the planning stages:
It’s my project and, you know, that’s something I have no control over. It’s out there and there’s a lot of interest and this would be, I’m going to call it a remake maybe. It’s a reinvention of the franchise, but it’s going to be a theatrical release in 3D and that’s what we hope will happen, but it’s got to be the right marriage of concept, writer, studio, director, you know…it’s not easy to pull that off and I have no control. There’s some really interesting people that have expressed an interest to be involved and I can’t really talk about it yet because none of it’s real but it’s definitely a film that will get made. Probably unlikely that it’ll get shot this year, but maybe in the next three to six months, we’ll have a deal done and we can at least announce who’s involved, and the timeline that it’s gonna be.
Of course, Charlie is the king of unproduced sequels and already has another chapter to the franchise perpetually in-the-works, PUPPET MASTER: AXIS OF EVIL. In a strange way, the first PUPPET MASTER can already be experienced in 3D, as a Stereoscopic DVD is available.
But if this does happen, the question is: Will it follow the plot of the first two films which were decidedly slasher-centric? Or the entries from part three onward, which re-positioned the tiny terrors as heroes?