Melissa McCarthy will star in and produce the long-gestating “Happytime Murders”.
An edgy puppet comedy from STX, the project has been in the works for several years, at one stage with Katharine Heigl – and later Jamie Foxx – attached to star.
Brian Henson is on board to direct the film, an action comedy set “in a world where humans and puppets coexist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet castmembers of 1980s children’s TV show The Happytime Gang begin turning up dead, an alcoholic, disgraced LAPD detective turned private-eye puppet takes the case with his former human partner.”
“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy said Tuesday in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.