Jamie Foxx in talks to star in Henson's dark puppet noir Happytime Murders

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Apr 28, 2016, 11:20 AM EDT

After almost a decade in development, The Jim Henson Co.’s puppet noir Happytime Murders might’ve finally found its star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) is in talks to star in the long-gestating project, with Brian Henson attached to direct. The film is being pitched as an “action comedy,” in the vein of Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential. Henson has been trying to get it made for years, and locking in a star like Foxx could certainly help get it off the ground.

The script takes place in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with puppets viewed as second-class citizens. But, when the former puppet stars of a 1980s children’s TV show start getting murdered, a disgraced puppet private eye teams up with his former human partner to crack the case. It’s a hard-boiled detective story. Just, you know, with puppets.

The initial script for Happytime Murders was written by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson (and was a Black List selection, meaning it’s probably really good), while the latest version had Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red, Red 2) take a pass at the project.

Do you think Foxx is a good choice to pull this one off?


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)