May 03, 2017 10:27 AM EST

Melissa McCarthy and STXFilms to Release The Happytime Murders

Melissa McCarthy and STXFilms to Release The Happytime Murders
Melissa McCarthy has teamed up with STXFilms for The Happytime Murders, an R-rated puppet movie that will be directed by Brian Henson through the Jim Henson Company's Henson Alternative banner.

The announcement was made today by STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson and President of Production Sam Brown.  

"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. This is the kind of script and material that was made for Melissa's smart and boundary-pushing sensibilities", said Fogelson.

McCarthy also commented, saying, "When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles' underbelly, and comedy, it's like my fever dream has finally come true."

McCarthy will produce, along with Henson, Jeffrey Hayes, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde will be executive producing. The screenplay, based on the story by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson, was written by Todd Berger, with revisions by Erich & Jon Hoeber and McCarthy.
 
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