Take Law and Order, 1940’s Film Noir, and add puppets, and you’ve got The Happytime Murders. New concept art shows a world where puppets and humans co-exist (remember Roger Rabbit?) and a muppet detective solving a dark crime. OH yes – and an ‘adult’ puppet bookstore.
The pictures speak for themselves – aÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â combination of pupperty, moody sets, and a somewhat grizzly crime scene…Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â is that a puppet withÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â his stuffing ripped out, lying dead in a puppet sex shop called Puppet Pleasureland?!? The mind reels.
Methinks this isn’t for kids – but would adults want to watch?
IM Global released a synopsis of the movie:
“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.””
Yep… that’s a strip club. Didn’t this scene play out on The Sopranos once?
Technically, these aren’t Muppets – since Disney owns those rights, and this isn’t a Disney film. But it IS a Henson movie. Brian Henson, the son of Muppets founder Jim Henson is directing.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and it’s produced by Henson studios.
Katherine Heigl is attached to star andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the script is by Kung Fu PandaÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â writer Todd Berger.
Okay, it’s not your parents’ Muppets… er, Puppets. But I like the idea of a crime story with a sense of humor. Count me in!
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