We heard a while back that a new Muppets movie might be in the works from Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and writer Jason Segel. Apparently Disney and The Henson Co. are hoping he can breathe new life into the franchise and introduce The Muppets to a whole new generation. However, there is now talk of another strange Muppet-related film in development that is being called both “daring” and “adult”.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Todd Berger’s script The Happytime Murders has been picked up by The Henson Co., and that Jim Henson’s son Brian will direct. The movie presents a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with puppets being treated as second-class citizens. When the cast members from a children’s TV show called The Happytime Gang start getting murdered, a hardboiled P.I. puppet with a drinking problem is called in to solve the case. It is a comedic twist on noir films like L.A. Confidential, and it sounds a lot like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to me, which is most certainly a good thing. Are the Muppets ready for a resurgence? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more about this intriguing project.