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After several years of development, the The Happytime Murders is finally moving forward in the right direction. The Jim Henson Company and Stx Entertainment are in early talks with actor Jamie Foxx to star in this comedy, which will be R-rated and feature a blend of live-action and brand new muppet characters. Stx hasn't issued a release date for the unconventional comedy at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.
The Happytime Murders is set in a city where humans and puppets co-exist. Some of the biggest celebrities in the world are the stars of a hit TV series entitled The Happytime Gang. But behind-the-scenes, these stars lead horrifying lives that don't exactly match their family-friendly on-camera personas. When the stars of this show start getting killed off in gruesome ways, two Lapd detectives must put their differences aside to solve the case.
According to Deadline, Jamie Foxx will play Detective Edwards, »
Brian Henson is on board to direct the film which is set in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens.
When the puppet cast members of 1980s children's TV show "The Happytime Gang" begin turning up dead, an alcoholic, disgraced Lapd detective-turned-private eye puppet takes the case with his former human partner.
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- Garth Franklin
This sounds like a movie that is right up our street. According to a report over at Deadline, Jamie Foxx may be looking to join the very unusual R-rated comedy The Happytime Murders over at Stx Entertainment.
The film is also a co-production with The Jim Henson Company, who will provide the puppets for the film too. Here’s a look at the intriguing plot.
In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, ?The Happytime Gang.? As the killings continue, Phil?s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It?s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface »
- Paul Heath
The raucous comedy explores a world where puppets and humans live side by side, and the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang” are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush.
When the stars of “The Happytime Gang” are mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives — one a type-a, take-no-prisoners human with a secret, and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, »
- Justin Kroll
The Tracking Board is reporting that MGM has tapped Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to develop an adaptation of Martin Handford’s children’s book series Where’s Wally?, known as Where’s Waldo? in North America.
The live-action take “centers around Waldo, the janitor/inventor who wears a distinctive red-and-white shirt with glasses, a stocking cap, and a walking stick. As he embarks on adventures, traveling through space and time, he often appears in colorful, crowded scenes from the past, the present – even the future.”
A Where’s Waldo? movie has been in the pipeline for several years, having passed through the hands of Nickelodeon/Paramount and Universal/Illumination Entertainment before landing at MGM in 2011. The most recent draft of the script was written by Todd Berger (It’s a Disaster).
- Gary Collinson
Way back in 2011, MGM secured the rights to the popular Where's Waldo? books, created by Martin Handford. There haven't been any updates on the project since then, but now the studio is finally moving in the right direction, with The Tracking Board reporting that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have signed on to produce. The site reports that, at this time, the longtime writing and producing partners have only agreed to produce, and it isn't known if they may also write, direct or star in the adaptation.
Created by Martin Handford and first published in 1987 by Classic Media, Where's Waldo? is one of the most recognizable characters in the world and a pop-culture icon. A publishing phenomenon with more than 55 million books sold worldwide from New York to Sydney to London to Tokyo, Where's Waldo? books are available in more than thirty-eight countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages. »
Funnymen Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("The Night Before," "This Is the End") are reportedly teaming again for a film adaptation of the best-selling children's book series "Where's Waldo" says The Tracking Board.
The book series, also known as "Where's Wally" in some countries, asked readers to find the obscured Waldo and his red-and-white-striped sweater in the midst of crowded images.
The film, which MGM announced when they scored the rights five years ago, centers on a janitor-inventor who embarks on adventures through time and space. Rogen and Goldberg are said to produce the film, but the report doesn't say if they'll write or direct. At last report Todd Berger was working on the script.
- Garth Franklin
Where’s Waldo? Well, The Tracking Board is reporting that frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up, Superbad, This Is the End) will soon be on the hunt to find the cartoon icon for MGM.
Having first acquired the rights back in 2011, a potential Where’s Waldo? feature film has been collecting dust on the studio’s shelf ever since, but today’s report – unconfirmed though it may be – is the first tangible sign of life. Based on Martin Handford’s classic literary series, the live-action film would bring the bespectacled traveller to the big screen with a time-travelling twist, with TB noting that an early draft of the script featured Waldo inadvertently activating a time machine. Numerous books have imagined the elusive protagonist travelling through time, after all.
Whether that core premise is still in the same shape today is up for question, particularly considering that Marc Hyman, »
- Michael Briers
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