The Happytime Murders Gets New Lease Of Life

Brian Henson's puppet noir back in the frame

The Happytime Murders Gets New Lease Of Life

by Owen Williams |
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It's a couple of years since we last heard anything about the Jim Henson Company's dark puppet-noir comedy The Happytime Murders. Back in 2012 there was talk of Cameron Diaz and /or Katherine Heigl being involved, but the rest was silence... until this morning. Deadline reports that distributor/financiers STX Entertainment have come abord to get the project moving again.

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 seedy former stars of once-popular kids’ show The Happytime Gang turn up dead one by one, and the only 'man' who can investigate is a washed-up private eye puppet, who ropes in his former partner at the LAPD. The picture at the top of this page is some 2012 concept art.

Henson is still directing from a script now credited to Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, and Red writers Erich and Jon Hoeber.

The Happytime Murders (interestingly no longer named as such - or at all - in Deadline's story) will "take puppets to a place where we have never gone before on the big screen," says Henson. "We are thrilled that Adam Fogelson and his folks at STX showed the daring confidence to get behind this project.”

"This is as unique a screenplay as we have seen in a long time," says STX chairman Fogelson, "with relatable characters and a fantastic story. This project is a daring and original R-rated comedy with a distinctive voice that is completely unconventional and fun.”

We'll continue to keep you posted as this develops. In the meantime, make all your Meet The Feebles comparisons in the comments below.

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