We’ve kept our eye on The Happytime Murders because of how refreshingly twisted it sounds. The script by Todd Berger is set in a world where puppets co-exist with humans, but naturally, are second class citizens. One of these puppets is a private eye on the trail of a serial killer who is killing off the cast of the 80s television classic “The Happytime Gang.” That description sends my imagination to the moon and back, but as of tonight, we have a better foundation for such daydreams based on a pair of concept art images we’ve received. One is a headshot of Phil Phillips, our grizzled protagonist, cigarette in hand. The other shows Phil interacting with the realistic human environment in the middle of a playfully gruesome crime scene. (There’s stuffing everywhere!)
Okay, so maybe Katherine Heigl will star. But if there’s any movie where the intensity of her unlikeability could contribute to the tone of a movie, it’s The Happytime Murders. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, is directing. See the images after the jump.
We’ve got some casting news concerning two upcoming “kids” movies to share with you this afternoon. First up, Katherine Heigl is in talks to star in the film noir puppet comedy The Happytime Murders. You read that right, a film noir puppet comedy. The film comes from director Brian Henson (son of puppet pioneer Jim Henson) and has been in development at the Henson Company for quite some time. The pic takes place in a world inhabited by both humans and puppets, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. The logline goes like this:
“When the puppet cast of an 1980s kids TV show gets murdered one by one, a disgraced detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.”
Hit the jump for more on this decidedly dark puppet tale, as well as news concerning Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
The last time we reported on dark and demented puppet film The Happytime Murders by Brian Henson (son of legendary Jim Henson), Lionsgate picked up the film and was planning to get the ball rolling quickly. The setting is in a world where humans and puppets exist as one, although the puppets are treated as lower class. When puppets from a hit TV show are systematically killed, a former detective puppet with a drinking problem takes on the case with his human sidekick. The film, which will definitely be aiming for an R rating, needs some key humans to fill leading roles, especially the main role of the sidekick. While many would assume that means a male, the role could certainly go to a strong female with charisma and attitude. Now Vulture is reporting that Cameron Diaz has an offer on the table for an undefined but starring role. Hit the jump to hear more on Diaz’s possible casting and for a full synopsis.