Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) has been cast in the upcoming STXfilms movie The Happytime Murders, which will be directed by Brian Henson.
The Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters star is now set to headline The Happytime Murders, written and directed by Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson. The Happytime Murders takes place 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. McCarthy will play the detective.
“Melissa 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 STXfilms Chairman 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.”
Added McCarthy, “When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true.”
“Melissa and Ben’s brand of humor is infectiously unique. I am thrilled to be partnering with them and STXfilms on The Happytime Murders,” said Henson.
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. Producers are Brian Henson, Jeffrey Hayes, McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde will executive produce.
McCarthy remains one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses since her breakout role in 2011’s Bridesmaids and has steadily become more involved in her projects as a producer. Recently, the actress has been making headlines on TV with her unhinged Saturday Night Live portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. McCarthy is next set for college comedy Life of the Party and Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?