Brian Henson’s puppet murder noir Happytime Murders has been kicking around development for years, and now it’s finally landed a star.
Variety reports Ghostbusters alum Melissa McCarthy will take the lead role in The Happytime Murders, which is set in a version of Los Angeles where humans and puppets coexist. It follows a human and puppet detective team as they try to solve the brutal murder of a puppet who starred on a beloved children’s show. In a statement, McCarthy said she was attracted to the project because it was a “really good script [that] combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy,” and called it a “fever dream” come true.
McCarthy is obviously a big name that should help get this project moving quickly (production is now set to ramp up in August), but she’s certainly an interesting hire. From the beginning, the project had been pitched as a dark humor, noir type of story. Not that McCarthy can’t pull that off — she’s an extremely talented comedic actor — but it’s still a change of pace from her typical roles. It’ll be interesting to see how her involvement plays out.
What do you think? Is McCarthy a good fit for Happytime Murders?