The Jim Henson Company has picked up a script for The Happytown Murders, a “comedic film noir murder mystery” to be directed by Brian Henson. File this under “Things that give me a nerd boner.”
Written by Todd Berger from a story by Dee Austin Robertson and Berger, the story 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. [THR – Thanks, Michelle]
I don’t know why puppets aren’t used more. Seriously, try to think of a situation in which former child actors are preferable to puppets. Can’t do it, can you? In these tough economic times, puppets are just what the studios need. They cost a fraction of the money and you don’t have to worry about them making lame political PSAs.