Country: United States
Category: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Director: Brian Henson
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Melissa McCarthy
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 115 minutes
Box Office: $
The Happytime Murders is a 2018 Henson Alternative and Jim Henson Company. Animation. The Happytime Murders is scheduled to be released on August 24, 2018.
The long-gestating Happytime Murders has finally been given a release date by STX Entertainment. The project has been in development with the Jim Henson Company since 2008 and has only recently been confirmed for production. Now, movie-goers can be sure of a viewing in 2018.
Originally envisaged as an offbeat parody of classic noir, as well as LA Confidential and Pulp Fiction, Happytime Murders will feature familiar Henson touches of irreverence and presents a twist on the detective genre. Sounding like a variation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the story takes place in a world where puppets are a minority, living among humans. A hard-boiled puppet detective and his human counterpart are forced to solve a string of killings that’s decimating the cast of The Happytime Gang, who are puppets in a popular children’s show that’s a ratings winner in this alternate universe. The project has gone through a string of changes since it was first announced. Lionsgate picked it up in 2010, and even announced the involvement of Cameron Diaz. However, development was stalled until STX Entertainment took the rights for filming in 2015.
According to Deadline, the studio has now dated the film for Aug. 17, 2018, with production expected to begin shortly. It was previously announced back in May that Happytime Murders will star Melissa McCarthy, as the human half of the buddy-cop pairing. The production is being directed by Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island), who is also chairman of the Jim Henson company.