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New details from the director of the upcoming R-rated Muppet movie The Happytime Murders

Jun. 25, 2012by: Alex Maidy

There has been talk for the last couple of years about a dark Muppet movie developed by Brian Henson to be released by Lionsgate. Director Todd Berger recently answered some questions about the project at the premiere of his new film, IT'S A DISASTER.

The tone of the film: “I want to try to make the HEAT of puppet movies. I want to be THE DARK KNIGHT or HEAT but in a world where puppets and humans coexist. Brian was like, ‘This mystery actually needs to be interesting so that even if you took all the comedy out of it, it’s still going to be interesting to watch.”

How hard of an R will it be? "It is full-on R. There is swearing, there’s sex, violence, murder. There’s no way. Maybe with some work it could be PG-13 but as of now we’ve embraced the R rating.”

Will we recognize any characters in the film? “Brian has actually already been working on the main character puppet. The Creature Shop has already made a few test puppets that I’ve met in person that are amazing. Then the whole world, because it’s not associated with The Muppets which are owned by Disney, it’s a movie in which puppets and humans coexist and a lot of the supporting characters are all puppets. So they have a puppet improv group called Stuffed & Unstrung that tours around America doing improv shows. They’re going to use a lot of those puppets but they’re also going to create a bunch of new ones. There’s a whole cast of characters in the script that they’re going to create from scratch.”

Sounds like a Muppet version of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? which is okay by me. I love the aspect of a noir/dark comedy set in this type of world.

Berger also explained the status of his movie version of WHERE'S WALDO? He mentions the plot is under wraps but it will be an adventure story utilizing the trademark red and white striped character.

Source: Crave Online

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7:37AM on 06/28/2012
It's a new-ish director, which puts the quality up in the air, but his previous directed film is a decent-if-generic crime movie so he's at least in his element. It should turn out pretty good as long as they don't try to be too "clever" - as long as it stays grounded and plays itself straight - because the comedy will fall flat if it winks at us.
It's a new-ish director, which puts the quality up in the air, but his previous directed film is a decent-if-generic crime movie so he's at least in his element. It should turn out pretty good as long as they don't try to be too "clever" - as long as it stays grounded and plays itself straight - because the comedy will fall flat if it winks at us.
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10:44PM on 06/25/2012

This will suck.

They aren't using any Muppets or characters we know. Those expecting WFRR will surely be disappointed. This is being made by people with less credentials than Asylum directors.
They aren't using any Muppets or characters we know. Those expecting WFRR will surely be disappointed. This is being made by people with less credentials than Asylum directors.
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7:37PM on 06/25/2012
I completely forgot about this. I love that picture.
I completely forgot about this. I love that picture.
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6:59PM on 06/25/2012
i like it! I'm in!
i like it! I'm in!
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6:45PM on 06/25/2012
I'm wondering if I should expect a Roger Rabbit-type mash-up, or something more along the lines of Fritz the Cat or the uncut version of Team America (where Parker and Stone inserted every type of gross fetishistic sex overkill in the hopes that it would so offend the MPAA that they would let them trim it down to what they wanted, I don't think it worked, but Matt Stone talked about it on "This Film Not Yet Rated").
Anyway, should be an interesting gamble. I just hope they aren't too keen on
I'm wondering if I should expect a Roger Rabbit-type mash-up, or something more along the lines of Fritz the Cat or the uncut version of Team America (where Parker and Stone inserted every type of gross fetishistic sex overkill in the hopes that it would so offend the MPAA that they would let them trim it down to what they wanted, I don't think it worked, but Matt Stone talked about it on "This Film Not Yet Rated").
Anyway, should be an interesting gamble. I just hope they aren't too keen on throwing shit in there just to make sure it's an adult movie.
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5:48PM on 06/25/2012
Love the concept and love the aiming at R-rating, I think they've got something here...
Love the concept and love the aiming at R-rating, I think they've got something here...
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5:18PM on 06/25/2012

YES

See title. That is all.
See title. That is all.
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