The Happytime Murders has been in development for a long time, with the dark noir drama having funding and various other issues, partly because it’s a dark noir drama, but with puppets. However it’s now moving forward, with Katherine Heigl being linked to one of the human roles last month, and now some rather cool concept art and an official synopsis has arrived.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘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.’
Brian Henson (son of Jim) is set to direct, although it isn’t clear when it might go into production.