Melissa McCarthy to Produce and Star in Puppet Comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’

Melissa McCarthy has a new starring movie role in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy has signed on to star in an action-comedy for STX called The Happytime Murders, which she will also co-produce with her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone. The project has been in development for years at The Jim Henson Company and “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 said on the project: “When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true.” McCarthy is also set to return to host SNL next week on May 13th with musical guest Haim.

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