Noir Muppet film, The Happytime Murders finally getting off the ground

The Muppets appears to have rekindled the Henson collective, and there is at least one really interesting project on the horizon.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, film financing company IM Global has posted both concept art and a synopsis to upcoming puppet crime film, The Happytime Murders. While the puppets won’t be Muppets, since Disney owns the name, we’re essentially looking at The Muppets meets LA Confidential. In other words, awesome. The film, which will reportedly star Katherine Heigl is about:

…a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hardheaded determination, as he tries to solve, The Happytime Murders.

The concept art is ridiculous, dirty and hilarious, so I’m betting on at least a PG-13. The film will be directed by Brian Henson and is being written by Todd Berger, who wrote Kung Fu Panda, so we could be looking at something excellent.

Check out the concept art below the cut.

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 23:31 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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