Melissa McCarthy Will Star in Puppet Noir Movie The Happytime Murders

Melissa McCarthy’s next mission? Solve a puppet murder spree. Image: Sony
Melissa McCarthy’s next mission? Solve a puppet murder spree. Image: Sony

For her next, almost certainly R-rated comedy, Melissa McCarthy will team with some puppets.

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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. McCarthy will play a detective who, along with her puppet partner, works to solve the murders of several stars of a popular puppet TV show, The Happytime Gang.

“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 in a press release.

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Last year, Jamie Foxx was being considered for the lead human role in the film. Production will begin in August from a script by Todd Berger, including some revisions from McCarthy herself. STX Films will distribute.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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