While known for its family-friendly affairs, the Jim Henson Company certainly doesn’t shy away from tackling various genres, from sci-fi and fantasy to semi-horror. However, for some time now, the company has been trying to get off the ground a film set in an very unexpected — but incredible sounding — genre: puppet crime.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the company might finally get that chance thanks to the new film and television studio STX Entertainment.
Based on the script “Happytime Murders,” the yet-untitled film has been in development since 2008 and takes place in a world inhabited by both humans and puppets, with the latter treated as second-class citizens. After the cast of the popular children’s TV show “The Happytime Gang” begin to get murdered one by one, disgraced LAPD detective — and alcoholic puppet — Phil Phillips takes the case alongside his former human partner.
The film sounds like it has tones of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” — except with puppets — and is described as “Avenue Q” meets “LA Confidential.” All of which has us 100-percent on board.
Brian Henson is set to direct.
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