Jim Henson’s son, Brian, is bringing puppets back with what is intended to be an R-rated tale of murder, sex and violence based in a world where puppets and humans co-exist. Katherine Heigl is set to star in the film which has been written by Todd Berger and Dee Austin, and from the look of the two images we have here, this will be very much like a film noir, very dark and quite brilliant.
The plot see’s puppets exits with humans, but are regarded as second class citizens. When cast members of a former 80’s TV show called ‘The Happytime Gang’ begin being murdered, a disgraced LAPD detective with a drinking problem takes on the case.
In an interview with Crave, Todd Berger had this to say:
“I want to try to make the Heat of puppet movies. I want to be the Dark Knight or Heat but in a world where puppets and humans coexist. Brian was like, ‘This mystery actually needs to be interesting so that even if you took all the comedy out of it, it’s still going to be interesting to watch. It is full-on R. There is swearing, there’s sex, violence, murder. There’s no way… maybe with some work it could be PG-13, but as of now we’ve embraced the R rating.”
Here is the official synopsis:
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 hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.”
By Matt Wavish