Jamie Foxx in Talks For R-Rated Henson Puppet Movie ‘The Happytime Murders’
The Happytime Murders has been in the works since 2008, with STX Entertainment stepping in last summer to put Brian Henson’s R-rated puppet crime movie back in development. It’s been several months since the last update on the long-gestating project, but it looks as though things are finally picking up, as Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in the film — but is he a man, or is he a puppet?
Deadline reports that Foxx is in negotiations to join The Happytime Murders, in which he’ll play the role of (human) LAPD Detective Edwards, who must re-team with his old (puppet) partner to solve a series of murders. Described as Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential, The Happytime Murders is also reminiscent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? — another noir-inspired film that featured both human and non-human characters.
Brian Henson, the son of late, great master puppeteer Jim Henson, will direct The Happytime Murders based on a script by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson, and Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and Red 2). The story features a classic mismatched detective pairing, with Foxx’s controlling and stubborn human cop forced to work alongside an alcoholic puppet cop with a troubled past. Together, the unlikely duo set out to solve a series of grisly murders involving the former stars of children’s TV series The Happytime Gang, all of whom led scandalous lives contradicting their squeaky-clean fictional personas.