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.