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Elizabeth Banks Joins the Cast of Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’

The long-gestating, rated-R horror-comedy The Happytime Murders finally began shooting this week, and we’ve got the latest casting news for you today.

Via Deadline, Elizabeth Banks will play a burlesque dancer in the film, starring alongside the previously announced Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

At this time, the movie has an August 17, 2018 release date.

Brian Henson will direct the comedy in conjunction with Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner.

The comedy is set in the underbelly of a Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist. Two clashing detectives, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together to figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a beloved classic puppet show.

Henson, McCarthy, Jeffrey Hayes and Falcone will serve as Happytime producers, while Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson and John W. Hyde will executive produce. McCarthy and Falcone will producer under their On the Day Productions banner.

The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson; the screenplay is by Berger, Robertson, Erich & Jon Hoeber and McCarthy. STXfilms VP Production Sheroum Kim and creative executive Kate Vorhoff oversaw the production.



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  • She’s amazing. Good to hear.

    • Colonel Ives

      yeah I like seeing her on the screen. When I first heard of this being in development I just thought “oh no..” but now I’ll probably rent it, maybe…

  • pumkinheadfan VHS Forever!

    Finally!!! Meet The Feebles+ Greg The Bunny (sprinkle Who Framed Roger Rabbit on top) = A pretty awesome movie! I’ve been so game for this since it was first announced. Can’t wait!

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