Brian Henson, the Hensen Company's co-chairman and the son of the late Jim Henson, is in the process of adding some serious star power to The Happytime Murders, his upcoming R-rated puppet-filled crime movie. Vulture reports that Cameron Diaz has been offered a role in the film, and although she's yet to accept the unspecified part, insiders say her camp is very excited by the prospect.
The Happytime Murders takes place in a world where puppet and mankind exist simultaneously, with puppets treated as second class citizens. When the stars of an old puppet television show start getting picked off one by one, an alcoholic puppet ex-cop reteams with his old human partner to investigate the murders. Vulture's insiders claim that this "is definitely not a PG-13 movie. They’re not fucking around with this: It’s 'Go big or go home.'"
As proof, they provided an excerpt of the script, showing a cow puppet getting its teats massaged by a puppet octopus: "The cow MOOS in ecstasy. MILK is just SQUIRTING EVERYWHERE."
In related news, Disney has provided Spinoff Online with the first official image from Jason Segel's developing Muppets project, currently titled The Muppets.
The film arrives in theaters on December 25, 2011.