Lionsgate to Commit Happytime Murders
How many people out there watched "Angel" and love the "Smile Time" episode? The simple truth is the puppets can be funny and deadly, especially when pertaining to the horror genre and Lionsgate is betting on shedding some stuffing with their latest flick!
According to The Hollywood Reporter Happytime Murders, a comedy thriller written by Todd Berger and to be directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson).
Happytime takes place in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of 1980s children's TV show "The Happytime Gang" begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet -- with a drinking problem, no less -- takes the case with his former human partner. Think Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential. Hopefully more "Greg the Bunny".
Berger wrote the script from a story he wrote with Dee Austin Robertson. The project has been in development at the Jim Henson Co. since 2008, when it picked up the script as a spec. Lionsgate's acquisition gives the risky project -- a dark adult story featuring puppets -- a shot at getting made, with insiders talking about a possible January start, depending on when a star can be found for the lead.
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