The Happytime Murders, director Brian Henson’s comedic noir film about a detective in a Los Angeles co-habitated by humans and puppets, has been given a release date. STX will be bringing the film to theaters in just over a year’s time on August 17, 2018.
The film is one that we have been tracking for a long time. Although it’s high concept does bare a resemblance to a classic episode of the Buffy, The Vampire Slayer spinoff series Angel, a read of an early draft of the screenplay does reveal that it goes off in its own interesting direction. Of course, that script has been through a number of revisions over the years as it has made its way through development. It has also had a number of different talent attached to be the human star opposite its felt and foam detective. Prior to Melissa McCarthy taking the role, both Jamie Foxx and Katherine Hiegel were attached at different times. McCatrhy and puppet will be joining forces to track down a killer who is one by one murdering the cast of an old children’s show.
It was previously announced that filming whould begin in August, so expect casting notices shortly.