The Happytime Murders somehow seems to be simultaneously something you could totally see coming from The Jim Henson Co. (ex: “Happytime”), and something you never thought the puppeteer gang would produce (ex: “Murders”). And yet here we are with news of its development! Directed by Brian Henson (son of the late and great Jim Henson) and Erich & Jon Hoeber (Red, Red 2), from a script by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson, this project has actually been in the works for a number of years now. The film would be bringing a whole new side of comedy to light; featuring an R rating, some live-action, and brand new Muppet characters. It might be the newest name potentially signing on to the project that will really get things rolling, though: Jamie Foxx.The Jim Henson Company and STX Entertainment are just in the early talks stage with Foxx, who, according to Dateline, would play ” Detective Edwards, a LAPD cop who must re-team with his former partner Phil, a drinker and philanderer who is not keen on Edwards’ good-cop persona.” The official synopsis of the film is as follows:
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, Phils former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. Its 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 hes on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, The Happytime Murders.
This role would put Foxx back on the comedy map, where he’s been notably absent for a while now. That’s not to say he hasn’t been keeping busy. His upcoming projects include Sleepless Night alongside Michelle Monaghan (no release date yet), next year’s Robin Hood: Origins, and the currently-being-filmed Baby Driver, the next film from director Edgar Wright.
Needless to say, the whole premise of the film takes a little getting used to. Do you think Jamie Foxx’s comedic styling will ease the Muppet’s transition into a film noir?