Melissa McCarthy to Star in, Produce Raunchy Puppet Comedy “The Happytime Murders”


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has signed on to star in and produce STXfilms’ raunchy comedy , which will pair the actress with a cast of puppets, the studio announced Tuesday.

The 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 figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

McCarthy and her husband 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 .

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

STXfilms executives Sheroum Kim and Kate Vorhoff will oversee , which is slated to start in August. STX previously released Bad Moms, which was the highest grossing R-rated comedy of 2016.

“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 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 combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” added McCarthy.

McCarthy received an Oscar nomination for her breakout turn in Bridesmaids and won an Emmy for her role on Mike & Molly. She next stars in Life of the Party, which she co-wrote with director Falcone, and she also stars in Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? McCarthy’s films have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, led by Spy, Ghostbusters, The Heat, The Boss, Identity Thief and Tammy. She’s represented by and .

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