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Release News for “R”-rated Puppet Thriller ‘The Happytime Murders’

STX Entertainment will be bringing Brian Henson’s “R”-rated puppet thriller The Happytime Murders to theaters August 17, 2017, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) both stars in and produces the film, which she describes as her own personal fever dream come to life: “When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true.”

The dark comedy is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human, and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved puppet show.

Jamie Foxx was in talks to co-star, although a full cast was never released.

The film was produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner, On The Day Productions, and STXfilms with producers Brian Henson, Jeffrey Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde executive produced.  The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson; the screenplay is by Todd Berger with revisions by Erich & Jon Hoeber; further revisions by McCarthy.



  • Ocelot006 .

    They’re just dumping this off next month? Oh boy.

  • WillRogers2000

    Wow…is there any chance you meant to write “2018?”

    • i think so, i mean theres not even a trailer yet lol

  • Graham

    It comes out next month and absolutely zero promotion yet? That’s gotta be a typo.

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    It’s August 17, 2018 for this yet to even go in production film.

    • Creepshow

      You sit on a “Throne of Lies”. Who told you that? Someone who can read a calendar? And actually type correct numbers? Those smart people are dumb. Pfft

      • ScriptGiverrrr

        Dude don’t even come at me with your wizardry of truth.

        • Creepshow

          Whatever. Take all those (real) release dates that you read on every other website, and wipe your mudflaps with them. Miska’s word is gospel!

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            Look I can’t help it if I’m a fucking poser by using facts. I know Lies and opinions are in but I’m a fact phag and am going to kill myself because if it!

          • Creepshow

            I can’t wait until next month! I’m gonna stand in line for a movie, that doesn’t come out for a full year later. It’s gonna be epic!

          • ScriptGiverrrr

            I just preordered my tickets for August 17, 2017! I made them myself for only $85. Take that you truth telling non loser!

  • Alanmac

    Thought it sounded good until I saw Melissa McCarthy’s name.

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