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Henson to develop ‘Happytime’

Film noir puppet comedy aimed at adults

The Jim Henson Co. has launched development of the feature “Happytime Murders,” a puppet comedy in the film noir detective genre.

“Happytime Murders” will be produced under JHC’s Henson Alternative label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences. Henson Co. co-toppers Brian Henson and Lisa Henson will produce along with Jason Lust.

Brian Henson, whose helming credits include “Muppet Treasure Island” and “A Muppet Christmas Carol,” will direct from a script by Todd Berger and based on a story created by Dee Robertson and Berger. Robertson’s exec producing.

The pic will be populated by a mix of human characters and puppets in the Henson style of irreverence and parody. Story centers on a puppet detective forced to solve a string of murders around the Happytime Gang, the cast of a popular children’s show.

Berger’s credits include “Epic Proportions” for Endgame, “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five” and “Holidays With Heather.” Robertson’s penned “#1 Fan: A Darkomentary” and “This Is the Way the World Ends.”

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