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Henson Co. Working on Puppet Mystery Movie for Adults

Fans of Avenue Q, The Dark Crystal, and the general concept of inappropriate things coming from the mouths of puppets may want to pay special attention to this news: The Jim Henson Co. is working on a film noir comedy-slash-murder mystery movie called The Happytime Murders.

In the world of The Happytime Murders, puppets and humans co-exist together, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

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.

A drunken, disgraced private eye . . . puppet? Investigating the tragic murders of other puppets? Sign. Me. Up.

Even better, according to the Reporter, there are tons of awesome influences at work for this project, from Avenue Q to LA Confidential to Pulp Fiction. Jim Henson's son Brian is signed up to direct.

There's been lots of cool Muppet-related news lately, but this just might be my favorite. What do you all think? Anyone else share my enthusiasm for foul-mouthed puppets?


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