STX Entertainment has partnered with Jim Henson Company on the latter’s long-gestating dark comedy project “The Happytime Murders”. Now back in active development, the project’s title has been ditched with a new one not yet set.
Brian Henson remains on board to direct the feature, based on a Black List script which is set in a world where humans and puppets coexist with the latter considered second-class citizens.
When the puppet cast of 1980s children’s TV show “The Happytime Gang” begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced and alcoholic LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes the case with his former human partner.
Pitched as “Avenue Q” meets “L.A. Confidential,” the project was setup at Lionsgate in 2010 but the project proved too tricky and so the rights reverted back to Henson. Todd Berger and Dee Robertson wrote the initial drafts, but the latest script is by “Red” series scribes Erich and Jon Hoeber.
Source: Heat Vision