Can Jim Henson Co. solve the Happytime Murders?

According to Variety, the Jim Henson Co. has started developing a film noir-style detective comedy — with puppets, of course. Happytime Murders will feature a mix of human characters and puppets and centers around “a puppet detective forced to solve a string of murders around the Happytime Gang, the cast of a popular children’s show.”

The film will be produced by JHC’s Henson Alternative (ha!) imprint, which produces “content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences” (emphasis added) — and they mean it. Henson Alternative previously produced a 15-minute pilot called Tinseltown for the Logo network (yes, the LGBT cable channel). Happytime will be the brand’s first feature.

Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island and A Muppet Christmas Carol) will direct from a script by Todd Berger (Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five), from on a story by Dee Robertson (#1 Fan: A Darkomentary) and Berger.

And, before you ask, no, I’m not making this shit up.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 22:19 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-10-15 at 05:47

    Hey, I’m sold. Puppets have become more versatile in the media, thanks to the puppet!Angel episode, Avenue Q, Farscape, and Team America–FUCK YEAH!

  2. Written by Pedro Steckecilo
    on 2008-10-16 at 09:36

    This sounds awesome, hopefully it’ll turn out something like The Big Overeasy or The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

  3. Written by Dr. Halpinstein
    on 2008-10-16 at 12:51

    That’d have to be some dark, dark chocolate. Is anyone else getting a “Who framed Roger Rabbit?” vibe?

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