You may remember a couple of years back when Henson Alternative (the more adult division of Henson Films) was producing a dark puppet comedy called Happytime Murders. News on that front went cold for a while, but it seems as though Deadline got an exclusive on a project that may now be the successor of that original pitch:
As of now, the show is unnamed, but check out the synopsis and see if it sounds familiar:
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 stars of The Happytime Gang 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.
Yep, sounds like Happytime Murders has a new working title and STX Entertainment has been announced as a potential new beneficiary for the R-rated puppet comedy and that they seem pretty excited in getting this shit going. Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) was attached to the film, but I haven’t seen any indication that she is still part of the project.