New Henson project: Could puppets get any cooler?

A dark comedy thriller directed by Jim Henson’s son, set in a puppet dystopia, is in the works at Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This, on top of the upcoming Muppets movie (written by and starring Jason Segel) and Sesame Street‘s sudden return to the zeitgeist, and I think we can officially declare that Muppets are back. Brian Henson’s Happytime Murders – which is not directly related to the Muppets and not, it seems, meant for kids — sounds like it’ll really give the Henson name some new cool cred, too. The script tells of a world where humans and puppets co-exist, though the puppets are second-class citizens. The puppet cast of a 1980s kids’ show called The Happytime Gang starts getting murdered one by one, prompting an alcoholic former-cop puppet to take the case with his ex-partner, a human. A little bit Roger Rabbit, a little bit Avenue Q, a lot awesome if they get it just right.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you psyched for Happytime Murders?

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Comments (24 total) Add your comment
  • MelindaB

    Can Puppet Angel play the ex-cop? If this is done right, this movie could be genius.

    • Josie


    • Znachki

      Ye – must have Puppet Angel!

      • JJMMTT

        first thing i thought of!

    • fish eye no miko

      And we’re done here. Seriously, no comment will be better than this one, so we can all just go home.

  • Mole

    This sounds awesome…20 years from now this could be a new generation’s Dark Crystal.

    • SpecialKay

      And look just as lame.

  • Tom

    I guess they never saw “Greg the Bunny”.

    • Peter

      I guess Greg the Bunny never saw The Muppet Show.

    • Flyer

      Greg the Bunny was exactly what I thought of too!

    • Peter

      Greg the Bunny was that show that showed behind the scenes of a show put on by puppets, right? Yeah, The Muppet Show was first.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    I’m still hoping for a return of the Farscape series.

    • Irish

      Exactly. That was my kind of Muppets in space.

    • Fresh


  • tracy bluth

    As long as Franklin Bluth is there, I’m in.

    • Mr. Holloway

      “…it ain’t easy being brown!”

      • tracy bluth

        “I got children all over town!”

  • Steph

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Love Muppets, love Jim Henson. Miss the 80’s.

  • BG

    Yes…it could get cooler.

    They could get Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to voice two of the muppets.

    They could get Christopher Nolan to polish the script.

    They could get Peter Jackson to have his Feebles character make a cameo.

    jus’ sayin’, it could be cooler.

    • tracy bluth

      Or they could include the puppets in disguise from one of Stefan’s clubs.

  • lorraine

    already love it

  • Dagraf Makorion

    Looks like a cool idea!

  • SpecialKay

    What’s cool, exactly, about ripping off “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”…with puppets?

    This stupid movie idea reminds me of what David Letterman said when “Roger Rabbit” premiered at the theaters:

    Letterman: I can’t condone another puppet movie. (looks at Paul Shaffer) It’s puppets, isn’t it?

    Shaffer: It’s animation.

    Letterman: Ooooh, even better!


  • noodlestein

    The Henson name was always cool – it needs no additional coolness. In fact, the world might explode.

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