October 15, 2008

Jim Henson Co. To Make Puppet Murder Flick

The Jim Henson Co. is developing "Happytime Murders," a big-screen noir-ish comedy featuring puppets and aimed at a grown-up audience.

Variety.com said the movie will send up the hard-boiled detective genre and be produced under JHC's Henson Alternative brand, which was created specifically for adult audiences.

Henson Co. heads Brian Henson and Lisa Henson are producing the movie, along with Jason Lust.

Brian Henson, who directed "Muppet Treasure Island" and "A Muppet Christmas Carol," is set to helm the new movie, which will use both human actors and puppets to tell the story of a puppet detective investigating several slayings concerning the Happytime Gang, the cast of a popular children's show, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

The late Jim Henson, Brian and Lisa Henson's father, is best known for creating the iconic Muppets characters.