Brian Henson Sells Dark Puppet Comedy 'Happytime Murders'
The Henson name is synonymous with puppets, and Brian Henson, the son of the late Jim Henson, is still continuing the family legacy, albeit in a slightly different direction. Heat Vision reports Lionsgate has picked up Happytime Murders, a comedic thriller from writer Todd Berger (with Brian Henson directing) which takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but the non-humans are considered second-class citizens. When a puppet cast of an 80's childrens show called "The Happytime Gang" starts to get murdered one-by-one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes the case with his human partner.
Sounds like a darker, puppet-infused version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and that's not a bad idea at all. What was once a risky project has now been given life thanks to Lionsgate, but this isn't a puppet movie for the kids. Described as Avenue Q (a raunchy Broadway stage musical with puppets) meets L.A. Confidential, Happytime Murders sounds like it's just for the adults. Personally, I think it's great when filmmakers take creative liberties with cinematic elements usually intended for family films and give them a mature, adult spin. And after seeing the crazy photos for We R Animals, maybe we're in for a new trend. Sound good?