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Jamie Foxx in Talks to Star in Happytime Murders, Which Sounds Like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? But More Childhood-Ruining

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Well, hey, if we had to watch Christopher Lloyd’s eyes bulge out and his body melt in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the kids should have to see Jamie Foxx handle a muppet corpse. It’ll be good for them. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Annie actor is currently in talks to star in Happytime Murders, a dark comedy-action film directed by Brian Henson and set in a world in which humans and puppets live side by side. Chaos reigns when the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s show turn up dead. In the film, which the Jim Henson Company has been trying to get made since 2008, Foxx would play the human law-enforcement counterpart to “an alcoholic, disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet,” a character which has distinct shades of Ted. Unlike Ted, however, it might be sad if this puppet was stabbed to death by a crazed serial killer.

Jamie Foxx in Talks for Puppet Murder Comedy