Three Stooges Movie Heads to Fox and Plans to Shoot in March
That's right, folks. Despite the fact that both Jim Carrey and Sean Penn have officially dropped out of the Farrelly Brothers long-gestating adaptation of The Three Stooges, it looks like the film is still on the track to production. Deadline reports the project that was once situated at MGM has now move to 20th Century Fox with Bobby and Peter Farrelly still attached to direct from their own script which they wrote with Mike Cerrone. Of course, the big issue plaguing the project is a complete lack of a cast. It's not even clear whether or not Benicio Del Toro is still attached to play Moe. No matter where this project goes it seems doomed.
Apparently the story kicks off when the trio are dumped out as newborns at the door of an orphanage where Richard Jenkins might play the head nun who gets terrorized by the stooges wacky antics. Um, okay. The film continues to follow the trio throughout their adulthood as they take cues from the original shorts that feature the middle class, blue collar buffoons wreaking havoc on the upper class socialites who don't seem to give them the time of day. In addition, the film will be divided into three segments, each 27-minutes in length for no reason other than to use the three different signature theme songs that started each short (you can hear all of them in this slideshow of title cards form the original shorts). Casting is supposed to begin immediately and here's what Peter Farrelly had to say:
"The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now. We'll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we're going to have to see him in the role. This is not The Flinstones. You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown. There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of 'Dumb and Dumber' than anything else we've done. Our goal is 85 minutes of laughs in a film that will be very respectful of who the Stooges were. It's by far the riskiest project we've ever done, without question, but it is also the one closest to our hearts."
To be fair though, I thought the cast of The Flintstones was pretty well chosen with the likes of John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins and Rosie O'Donnell (though Betty was much more petite in the cartoon), but the movie still sucked. Though the film will contain plenty of signature slapstick humor, the plan is to have a PG rated film for everyone to enjoy. Anyway, I hope their hearts and their heads are in the right places to pull this off, because as much trouble as this production has had, I would love to see it come together nicely. How about you?