The Hollywood Reporter has just… uh, reported that Brain Henson, son of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson, is working on a film calledThe Happytime Murders, a movie set in a world where humans and puppets (not Muppets, they can’t be called that now that Disney owns the right to the term, but fuck it, they’re pretty much Muppets) co-exist. Here is a synopsis provided by IM Global:
In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hardheaded determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.”
It’s already being described as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?meets L.A. Confidential, which sounds like a winning fucking combo to me, Dear Reader. And Brian Henson, knows his way around a puppet, having worked as a puppeteer in the past (including one on of my favourite movies of all time, Little Shop Of Horrors), and directing The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasre Island, so I have high hopes.Below are a couple of pieces of concept art, showing a puppet murder being investigated (looks like he had the stuffing beaten out of him, boom tish!) and Phil Phillips, the main puppet character. Keep looking for more news on this film in the future. I’m already sold.