June 22, 2024

Jamie Foxx Set to Star in ‘R’ Rated Henson Puppet Film

Jamie Foxx is in early negotiations to star as Detective Edwards in The Jim Henson Company’s adult live action/puppet comedy The Happytime Murders. The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:

“In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.””
Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with felt. Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson is set to direct the R rated film. Fans of Brian Henson should not be surprised by this move. He headed up the live adult oriented improv show Puppet Up!  under the Henson Alternative brand (a branch of The Jim Henson Company), as well as the  Off-Broadway puppet-based variety show geared toward adults called Stuffed and Unstrung. Though it was never raunchy, the original Muppets, as well as the current Muppets TV show, has been geared to adults, at least as far as the sophistication of the humor, so this is a natural evolution.While it will be refreshing to see an adult Henson film, it will also be nice to see Foxx return to his comedy roots.

Below are some concept images Henson Alternative released some time ago.

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Henson Puppeteers Performing “Puppet Up!”


































































Source: Deadline

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