"When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles' underbelly and comedy, it's like my fever dream has come true."
Brian Henson added this:
"Melissa and Ben's brand of humor is infectiously unique. I am thrilled to be partnering with them and STXfilms on The Happytime Murders."
Finally, STX Chairman Adam Fogelson made this statement on the announcement:
"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. 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."
The Happytime Murders finds a cynical L.A. puppet detective investigating a series of murders involving the cast of a popular TV show called The Happytime Gang. Essentially, it sounds like a mix of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Avenue Q, and Sausage Party, which is just about the perfect combination in my book. I love high-concept humor that pushes the limits of absurdity, and I can't wait to see how this comes together. McCarthy's Spy was my favorite comedy of 2015, and I have a feeling that she's the perfect fit for this wacky film.
The film will begin production in August, which means that a 2018 release date is likely in the cards. Look for more in the near future.
Sources: Henson/STX, Blacklist