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"The Happytime Murders" premieres August 24, 2018

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by stephenjlizard, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I think it's really important for films like Happytime to help modern audiences understand that puppetry is an art form and not just kids' entertainment. There are still people who complained that Grover wasn't in the Muppets movie. I guess we'll always get those people who aren't paying attention.
    Chopped Liver likes this.
  2. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    And sadly those are the people that have the loudest voices and ruin it for everyone.
  3. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    At the very least, they could at least find the juxtaposition of adult themes and puppets is ironic or something.

    Though it is a shame they couldn't get the licensing to get any Sesame Street cameos in the film.
    SkeetScootSquat and panmanthe2nd like this.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey guys. There's an article over at ign.filmforce.com about this project. Writer Todd Berger says the production is embracing its R-rating and that the Henson Company's ramping up puppet creations for the movie. Not much details, thought you'd like to know. :scary:
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  6. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I think that is a really bad idea. I think they should go for a PG-13 rating. If they go for R, it's just going to die at the box office, I don't think anyone will see it.
  7. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    I'm torn. On one hand an r rating would certainly keep people from mistaking this movie for the muppets an would prevent kids from tricking their parents into letting them see it. On the other hand it certainly limits the audience. But if all they want are adults then it doesn't really matter.
  8. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I see what they're trying to do. The key point is that any vulgarity should be there to set a tone and instead of just wedging it in gratuitously for the sake of seeing puppets being naughty. In all honesty, a larger studio usually buys up the rights to release a picture and they often require edits for marketing and they can always pull back some of the content from the theatrical release if they think a PG-13 is a better bet. Either way, I'd expect an unrated DVD.

    Kudos to Brian Henson if he can find funds for an R-rated puppet film. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Feebles because I understand what they were trying to do. It wasn't an affront to the Muppet Show. It was actually an homage done on a shoestring budget. I can also understand why some dislike the crude tone. That's the lens Peter Jackson saw the project through. I just think it's time a legit, quality film from a Henson is made for the adult market.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The movie isn't going to be a hit if it's R or PG-13. It's not destined for that at all. The weekend will see how well R-rated comedy Ted does, and that has the Seth MacFarline powerhouse behind it.

    This movie's not supposed to be the next Hangover. It's clearly supposed to be the next Bubba HoTep. Something done on a small budget, kept independent, become a cult hit on home video, and to be shown at college town theaters for years to come. It will give Henson a leg up, and if it manages to at least make just over budget during its short run, give them a small amount of money to do another small project.

    I say GO for the R rating. Pg-13 will stifle all the wonderfully awful things they want to do with this film (as if not holding a lot of sway in Hollywood isn't going to stifle what they can do in the context of an R film anyway)... the last Die Hard movie was a laughing stock because it had to be dumbed down to a Pg-13 rating. Just don't go X. X is why Basketball and another Matt and Trey movie I can't mention here were flops. Not to mention Tetsuka's Cleopatra film.
    SkeetScootSquat and The Count like this.
  10. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    So is this a go project or is it still in the works? I'd love to see this. Is Brain going solo with this or is this an Henson Alternative project. Personally I'd love to see another R rated puppet movie. I enjoy adult puppetry a lot. Spitting Image, Crank Yankers, Greg the Bunny, etc. Plus I've heard some good things said by Jerry Juhl about Puppets that Kill from Canada which I still need to check out.

    Anyone ever seen Meet The Feebles or Team America? I thought those films were genius. Again, I'd love to see Happy Time Murders, it would be the next Feebles or Team America I bet. Probably not as gory as Feebles. lol

    I'm sort of writing a screenplay for an R-rated puppet movie myself. Still don't know if it'll be an indie film or an actual Hollywood studio film. I need to write a new draft of it. :)
  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    So is there an official release date yet, trailers, etc? I've seen the promo art. In fact I printed out one of them and put it up on my wall next to my Meet The Feebles and Team America mini posters :) What studio is producing it?
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Once again with a Henson film, we get a quiet sort of update every year before it doesn't happen.

    The latest...Jamie Foxx is considering taking a role in this. I really want this to happen because I like Jamie, especially since he was very good in his Sesame Street appearance. And while I have trouble with Electro in the second Amazing Spider-Man movie, there's no doubt he acted the crap out of that role.
    LaRanaRene likes this.
  13. backpackmina

    backpackmina Well-Known Member

    Hmmm...I don't know about Jamie Foxx. I think he's getting a bit overrated nowadays, and when was his last good comedy role (don't say Annie) ?
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Annie would have sucked anyway because Annie always sucked.

    And frankly, in the end, this means nothing. Remember 2, 3 years ago when Katherine Heigl was attached?
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  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Eh, I think Jamie Foxx is pretty overrated, i've never really been a fan of any of his roles.
    How about someone a bit less divisive, someone almost universally loved. How about Tom Hanks?! Of course they'll never actually get Tom, but i'm sure the movie would get picked up by a studio faster if they did.
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Tom Hanks? They'll make a new Muppet movie while they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4. :concern:
    But seriously, that's how Disney trapped Tom Hanks to bring him onboard for the Toy Story franchise, he'd already played a cop/detective character in Touchstone Pictures' Turner and Hooch. Unless you want to count his role in the Dragnet film.
  17. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    At least we're getting some news about the film, I thought it would never get off the ground, and still don't know if it'll ever actually make it to theaters considering the Henson's company track record.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    How 'bout Colin Hanks? He's pretty close to his father in appearance and tone. Too bad he's just a TV star as of now.

    Announcing a star is nothing. I have no doubt this project won't get further than the "it almost happened" stage. Say what you will about a certain show ending. At least it happened.
  19. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    A year later and new news have surfaced...

    1 Melissa McCarthy has apparently signed on as the movie's new star.
    2 Filming has been slated to start in August 2017.

    This comes from a Variety article posted over at toughpigs, my favorite line is how Melissa McCarthy refered to the movie as puppet strippers, Los Angeles's underbelly, and comedy as her fever dream come true.
  20. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    This is fantastic to hear! And knowing they start filming in a mere three months means that it's very unlikely to get the can at this point. Fingers crossed that it'll be good/a success.

    Now, imagine if this movie, the Fraggle Rock movie, and the SST movie all came out close to the same time. It would be a puppet invasion! And maybe the resurgence of puppet-lead films will help the Muppets make a comeback.

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