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Jim Henson’s puppet noir, The Happytime Murders, is back on

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Back in 2010 I shared the news of a new noir type film from the The Jim Henson Co. It sounded great, but has been in development hell for a long time.

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 hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.”

It looks as if things are moving again as STX Entertainment, Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio, has partnered with The Jim Henson Co. on the project. Brian Henson has been developing the Black List script since 2008 and in 2010 set up the film at Lionsgate. Cameron Diaz and Katherine Heigl had been attached at different points, but nothing came of that and the rights went back to Henson.

The latest script is by Erich and Jon Hoeber, the brothers who wrote Red and Red 2.

Brian Henson is still on board to direct the film and I really hope it ends up becoming a reality as it is such a good idea.

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