Henson Studios are getting back into feature films with The Happytime Murders, a kinda sorta Roger Rabbit sounding thing in which a puppet detective investigates the brutal murders of other puppets. Here’s the official plot blurb:
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.
That comes from the website of IM Global, the film’s sales agent. They also have a couple of concept art illustrations, one of which shows Phil, the other of which might contain some minor spoilers, which I will then discuss. So, proceed at your (mild) peril.
As you can see, that last scene takes place in some kind of puppet sex shop. You can expect the film to score an R rating. Vulture once reported on some some of what goes on in this location:
One scene has a character opening the wrong door at the “Puppet Pleasureland,” and finding a cow puppet on a massage table having all of its teats milked by an octopus puppet. Reads the stage direction: “The cow MOOS in ecstasy. MILK is just SQUIRTING EVERYWHERE.”
The human woman standing on the left of the image would seem to be the character that Katherine Heigl is going to play. I assume she’s Detective Edwards.
Todd Berger wrote the screenplay, after Dee Austin Robertson, and Brian Henson is directing. Hopefully cameras will get rolling soon – I can’t wait to see what the actual puppets look like.
Incidentally, Collider also ran these images, apparently unaware of where they came from.