We’ve been talking about director Brian Henson’s puppet thriller The Happytime Murders since way back in 2012, but it looks like the long-gestating project is finally on the fast track.
STX Entertainment just announced today that Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) will both star in and produce the film, which she describes as her own personal fever dream come to life.
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.
McCarthy said in a statement:
When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true.
The film is set to begin production this August and will be 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 will executive produce. The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson; the screenplay is by Todd Berger with revisions by Erich & Jon Hoeber; further revisions by McCarthy.