Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new dark comedy called Happytime Murders, which is a R-rated muppet film written by Todd Berger that will be directed by Jim Henson's son, Brian Henson.
The film takes place in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of 1980s children's TV show '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 the case with his former human partner.
This film idea has been being developed since 2008. I will be interesting to see how a movie like this is received by audiences. It's a risky idea but it could be a lot of fun. I don't think it will end up doing that well in the box-office, but it seems like the type of film that could end up building a cult following.
What do you all think about this R-rated Muppet movie?