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Melissa McCarthy is resurrecting The Happytime Murders

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The Happytime Murders has been in development for a long time. I first posted the news back in 2010 when Cameron Diaz was attached to star in The Jim Henson Co film.

Time rolled on, and casting changed. Then it seemed to go quiet. Then last year came news that it was back on.

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, The Happytime Gang. As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, The Happytime Murders.

Last year Deadline had the news that Jamie Foxx was in early negotiations to join the film, which is planned to be R rated.

However, it appears that it is all change once more as Melissa McCarthy has now signed on to star in and produce the film for STXfilms. McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone will produce via their On the Day Productions banner along with Jeffrey Hayes and Brian Henson, the latter of whom is also directing the movie for Henson Alternative. Additionally, Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde will serve as executive producers.

“McCarthy is the reigning queen of comedy and we believe she will make The Happytime Murders the kind of hysterical, edgy, viral event that audiences today crave,” said STX’s Adam Fogelson. “This is the kind of script and material that was made for Melissa’s smart and boundary-pushing sensibilities. Having worked with her years ago on Bridesmaids and Identity Thief, I could not be more delighted or excited to be working with her again.”

“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” said McCarthy.

Todd Berger & Dee Robertson share story credit on the film, while the screenplay is credited to Berger, with revisions by Erich & Jon Hoeber, and further revisions by McCarthy.

Production is due to begin in August.

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