Really? Katherine Heigl Signs on for Puppet Noir 'Happytime Murders'
Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this article contains my own opinion, so if you're not used to that by now, I'm sorry. Frankly, I've been really excited to see what happens with the comedic thriller The Happytime Murders since the project was announced back in 2008. Thankfully, back in 2010 the project was picked up by Lionsgate with Jim Henson's son Brian Henson (who helmed A Muppet Christmas Carol) lined up to direct a script from Kung Fu Panda 2 scribe Todd Berger. Well, Variety reports the project has gained Katherine Heigl as talent in the film and I really could not be more displeased with the news.
The story 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. I can only assume that Heigl is playing the human partner, but I don't think she has the comedic chops to stand up to the recent Muppet collaboration with Jason Segel and Amy Adams. When she makes movies like One for the Money, The Ugly Truth, Killers and New Year's Eve, I'm supposed to get excited about this collaboration. 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, and Heigl hasn't done anything beyond Knocked Up that tells me that this project is for her to lead. We'll see. Thoughts?