A dark comedy thriller directed by Jim Henson’s son, set in a puppet dystopia, is in the works at Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This, on top of the upcoming Muppets movie (written by and starring Jason Segel) and Sesame Street‘s sudden return to the zeitgeist, and I think we can officially declare that Muppets are back. Brian Henson’s Happytime Murders — which is not directly related to the Muppets and not, it seems, meant for kids — sounds like it’ll really give the Henson name some new cool cred, too. The script tells of a world where humans and puppets co-exist, though the puppets are second-class citizens. The puppet cast of a 1980s kids’ show called The Happytime Gang starts getting murdered one by one, prompting an alcoholic former-cop puppet to take the case with his ex-partner, a human. A little bit Roger Rabbit, a little bit Avenue Q, a lot awesome if they get it just right.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you psyched for Happytime Murders?

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