Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter are well, reporting, that the long in development, adult Henson comedy "Happytime Murders" is again moving forward, this time at STX Entertainment.
The film, though currently untitled, will combine live-action and puppets with a "black comedy twist" and will likely get an R rating. Brian Henson is still attached to direct.
"Happtime" has been developing since 2008 and in 2010 Lionsgate bought the rights to the Black List script. Apparently trying to find a human star in the hybrid puppet-human story proved too problematic and the rights reverted back to Henson.
The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson with revisions that have been done by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and Red 2). Apparently the team at STX fell in love with the script. Brian Henson noted that the movie will “take puppets to a place where we have never gone before on the big screen. We are thrilled that Adam Fogelson and his folks at STX showed the daring confidence to get behind this project.
The story follows puppet stars of an iconic TV show The Happytime Gang who are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off-camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the Happytime Gang stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims – must put aside their huge differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, all the while trying to resist the temptation to murder each other.
We'll keep you posted as more details emerge!