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Jamie Foxx in talks to star in R-rated Muppet movie The Happytime Murders

04.28.2016
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It's been awhile since we've heard about THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, the long-in-development dark Muppets flick from Brian Henson (son of the late Jim Henson), but according to Deadline, Jamie Foxx is in early negotiations to star in the planned film.

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS will follow "puppet stars of an iconic TV show called The Happytime Gang who are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off-camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the Happytime Gang stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims – must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, all the while trying to resist the temptation to murder each other."

Foxx is in talks to play Detective Edwards, "a LAPD cop who must re-team with his former partner Phil, a drinker and philanderer who is not keen on Edwards’ good-cop persona."

Henson will direct the movie (which will more than likely carry an R-rating) from a script by Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, and RED and RED 2 scribes Erich and Jon Hoeber, however there's no word on when it might head into production. I'm still not totally convinced that the film will actually happen, but I sure as hell hope it does!

Source: Deadline

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6:33PM on 04/28/2016
I'll see it when it comes out, but why do I feel like this film has been in development hell forever?
I'll see it when it comes out, but why do I feel like this film has been in development hell forever?
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3:09PM on 04/28/2016
This sounds genius! Only the son of Jim Henson could come up with something like this. Maybe he had nightmares as a child about the Muppets. Who knows. Either way I think it's a really cool idea.
This sounds genius! Only the son of Jim Henson could come up with something like this. Maybe he had nightmares as a child about the Muppets. Who knows. Either way I think it's a really cool idea.
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1:04PM on 04/28/2016
Sounds like a remake of Peter Jackson's early film Meet The Feebles where a cast of Muppet like stars of a hit variety show lead perverted lives off camera and are being murdered.
Sounds like a remake of Peter Jackson's early film Meet The Feebles where a cast of Muppet like stars of a hit variety show lead perverted lives off camera and are being murdered.
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1:11PM on 04/28/2016
Except Meet the Feeble's plot is more of a Meth-addled fever dream. Also, there were no humans. Greg the Bunny would probably be the more apt comparison.
Except Meet the Feeble's plot is more of a Meth-addled fever dream. Also, there were no humans. Greg the Bunny would probably be the more apt comparison.
11:58AM on 04/28/2016
interested to see what direction they take with it, as a straight film w/ muppets in it, or comedic.
i can't help but think of Ted...
interested to see what direction they take with it, as a straight film w/ muppets in it, or comedic.
i can't help but think of Ted...
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11:29AM on 04/28/2016
This actually sounds really good, in an over-the-top, soap operatic, cliche-ridden Muppet kind of way. Jamie Foxx ought to fit in perfectly with that.
This actually sounds really good, in an over-the-top, soap operatic, cliche-ridden Muppet kind of way. Jamie Foxx ought to fit in perfectly with that.
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