STX Entertainment is getting behind a long-gestured Jim Henson Company project, the now-untitled The Happytime Murders, reports Deadline.
The film will combine live-action and puppetry made so famous by the Henson family but with a black comedy twist.
The story is by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson with revisions that have been done by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and Red 2).
Back in 2012 Todd Berger promised that Happytime Murders “is full-on R,” adding, “There is swearing, there’s sex, violence, murder. There’s no way. Maybe with some work it could be PG-13 but as of now we’ve embraced the R-rating.”
The R-rated thriller takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show called “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 on the case.