Brian Henson Sells Dark Puppet Comedy 'Happytime Murders'

October 12, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Muppet Film Noir

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?

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lol, I'm in.

Xerxex on Oct 12, 2010


SOLD! Brian Henson directed my favorite Christmas movie so he can do no wrong in my book!

Renovatio430 on Oct 12, 2010


The Watchmen Framed Roger Rabbit????

Akirakorn on Oct 12, 2010


Awesome.... a more mainstream version of "Meet the Feebles" upcoming?

Areyouhigh on Oct 13, 2010


Gregg the Bunny, anyone?

S on Oct 13, 2010


I am so game for this one!

Dave13 on Oct 13, 2010


Sounds awesome, but they need to get Jason Segel involved somehow.

Craig on Oct 13, 2010


Ditto, S. If it doesn't have Seth Green in it, I'm not interested. Well, okay, I'm interested, but still.

Ian Carruthers on Oct 14, 2010

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