Happy! might be the new show I’m most stoked about. Based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy! tells the story of Nick Sax. Nick is an ex-cop turned hitman and he’s about as sleazy as you can get. After a botched attempt on his life, Nick is resuscitated and finds he can now see a tiny blue unicorn named Happy.
Happy is the imaginary friend of Hailey, a little girl who has been kidnapped by an evil Santa Claus for… well, let’s just say it’s ugly stuff. Happy wants to try and get Nick to save Hailey and maybe find a little redemption in the process.
It’s a grimy, gonzo, gory, and goofy story. And now, we have our best look at the series yet in the form of a new trailer.
Warning! This Trailer Is Pretty NSFW!
WOW. This looks nuts. The series director is Brian Taylor, one of the co-directors of Crank. I’ve sung Crank‘s praises before and this looks like a fun continuation of Taylor’s manic approach to filmmaking. If it’s even half as bonkers as Crank, then we’re in for a hoot. Plus, he just put out the Nicholas Cage horror-comedy Mom and Dad (read our review) and it looks like he might be on a roll.
The graphic novel is a self-contained story and it seems like the first season of Happy! intends to tell that entire tale. Exactly how the show intends to go beyond one season could be difficult, but I trust the talent involved. Grant Morrison is on board as executive producer and writer, and I’ve already thrown my hat in with Brian Taylor. but how about that cast? Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt as the leads? Sold.
I’ll be screening the first episode of Happy! later this week at New York Comic-Con. My hopes are very high. I’ll let you know what I think. And you can watch Happy! when it premieres on Syfy on December 6.