Monday 29 May 2017

Henson son to direct puppet movie

Brian Henson is making a movie featuring puppets and real-life actors
Brian Henson is making a movie featuring puppets and real-life actors

Jim Henson's son Brian is to direct a dark comedy thriller featuring puppets.

Following in the footsteps of his father, who created the Muppets and films including Labyrinth, Brian is directing a film called Happytime Murders, which is a dark adult story using puppets, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In the style of Jim Henson's film Labyrinth, Happytime Murders will take place in a world where humans and puppets live alongside each other, but in this film the puppets will be regarded as second-class citizens.

When a group of puppets get murdered one by one, a heavy-drinking private eye puppet gets on the case with his human partner.

The script has been written by Todd Berger and Brian and his sister Lisa will produce for film house Lionsgate.

Producers are looking to cast the lead parts at the moment, and hope to start filming in January.

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