Jill Layton
August 27, 2016 10:34 am
Jim Henson

If there’s anything better than a G-rated Muppets movie, it’s definitely an R-rated Muppets movie.

And lucky for us, it sounds like it’s actually happening!

Happytime Murders is a film project that’s currently in development with the Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative brand. The project was first announced in October 2008, but it looks like things are finally starting to happen.

The film is based on an original story by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson. Berger wrote the screenplay and Robertson is attached to direct.

And here’s the plot description, according to the Happytime Murders Wikia Fandom page:

“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.”

Happytime Murders concept artwork.

“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 hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, The Happytime Murders.”

Disgraced ex-cops always make for an entertaining plot.

Concept artwork of Phil Phillips.

Back in 2009, Lisa Henson explained the project.

“It’s an adult puppet movie,” she said. “It’s going to be a film noir staring a puppet detective and basically it’s a spin-off of our theatre franchise Puppet Up!”

Concept artwork.

We loved the live shows so much that we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do to go to the next level with that kind of comedy. So we want to do a series of Puppet Up! films which would all be in different genres. So this would be film noir detective, and if we do another one it won’t be that genre – it would be a teen comedy, or a sci-fi, or something like that. So we would use the Puppet Up! improv style to do different genres.”

Teen comedy or sci-fi Muppets movie?? Yes, please. Sign us up for all of it. But will it ever come to pass? The project has been around for eight whole years, but at least there was some good news a few months back: looks like Jamie Foxx is in talks to star!!

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