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Heigl Considering The Happytime Murders
She may join the puppet pic

04 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Heigl Considering The Happytime Murders

We’ve been following the slow, painful slog endured by puppet noir satire The Happytime Murders for ages now. And today it has popped back up on the cinematic radar, with word that Katherine Heigl is circling the female lead.

For anyone who doesn’t know about it, Happytime was cooked up back in 2008 by Brian (son of Jim) Henson as a strictly-for-adults take on puppet life. It’s set in a world where humans and their felt friends live side by side, but the puppets are treated as second-class citizens. Murder strikes as the former stars of once-popular kids’ show The Happytime Gang turn up dead one by one, and the only man (or Muppet) who can investigate is a washed-up private eye puppet, who ropes in his former partner at the LAPD.

Henson is directing from a script by Todd Berger, and the project has been sitting unloved in a box over at Lionsgate for a few years. Now, though, IM Global is selling it to foreign buyers to help raise the production funds, and attaching a name like Heigl’s (who still has some Hollywood pull despite some disappointing recent efforts) should help this thing get moving again.

We’re not sure what role Heigl will play, bit given that Cameron Diaz flirted with the idea of taking on the film a couple of years ago, there must be a choice human role in there somewhere.

This is the second film in a few days that Heigl has been linked to. She’s also attached to Face Blind, which will see her as a psychologist struck with a condition that means she can’t distinguish people's faces. Which is inconvenient when a patient starts stalking her and her husband thinks she’s going nuts…


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I also see a backlash. More

Posted by kirk89 at 01:52 on 06 February 2012 | Report This Post

Surprised at the backlash again Heigl, then again she mostly does chick flicks. More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:34 on 05 February 2012 | Report This Post

FOR THE LOVE OF JIM, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Please, anyone but Heigl...I'm really looking forward to this, but please, not her... More

Posted by RichMahogany at 12:52 on 05 February 2012 | Report This Post

ugh, no thanks. Hiegel I mean, not the film, which sounds brilliant. More

Posted by clarkkent at 12:50 on 05 February 2012 | Report This Post

Isn't that just "Who framed Roger Rabbit" but with puppets? Then again anything similar to full length version of the brilliant Angel episode "Smile time" sounds amazing. More

Posted by dunnee5225 at 19:14 on 04 February 2012 | Report This Post

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