For her next, almost certainly R-rated comedy, Melissa McCarthy will team with some puppets.
Melissa McCarthy’s next mission? Solve a puppet murder spree. Image: Sony
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.
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.