The Happytime Murders is one of those projects that feels too good to be true. The idea is that it’s an R-rated comedy which mixes humans and puppets in a world similar to the one in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The cherry on top is that it will be directed by Brian Henson, meaning this will be legit Henson production. I’ll let this synopsis do the talking:
The story follows puppet stars of an iconic TV show 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.
It doesn’t seem like something so perfect can exist in our world, and yet here we are. According to Deadline, this movie is not only happening but Jamie Foxx is negotiating to star in it. The negotiations are early, so Foxx may not actually take the role, but I think the larger story here is that this movie could even exist. Particularly that it could exist on that Jamie Foxx level.
All I know is I want to see The Happytime Murders right now. If Foxx doesn’t take the role, I humbly propose Sharlto Copley as a substitute. He’s not as big a movie star as Jamie Foxx, but there’s no one I’d rather watch curse at a puppet.