Universal Likes Seth MacFarlane's Hard R Teddy Bear Project

April 12, 2010
Source: Deadline

Seth MacFarlane

This could either end up being the best or the worst decision Universal has made recently, it all depends on how it turns out in the end. Deadline reports that Universal has acquired a new Seth MacFarlane project called Ted, an R-rated comedy about "a man and his teddy bear." The film has a $65 million budget and will mix live action and CG. MacFarlane will also co-star (in the live-action role?) and provide the voice for the CG-generated title character. Media Rights Capital developed the project and is in the midst of selling it to Uni. I'm wondering why Fox, who seems to really like working with MacFarlane, didn't pick this up first?

For all the Family Guy fans curious about a Family Guy theatrical movie, word is that still hasn't come to fruition yet and Ted will get made before it anyway. Universal wants MacFarlane to get this into production this year, probably aiming for a late 2011 or early 2012 release, if it starts on time. MacFarlane helped write the "hard R" script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. I don't know about this yet, it could be good, it could be bad, it all depends on what the character looks like, how the film comes together, if it's actually funny, and so on. I'm hoping for the best, but you never know. What do you guys think?

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  • Xerxex
    a man and his teddy bear? sounds freaking crazy! so crazy that I think it works. I'm interested in it so far.
  • Janny
    at least this sounds like an original idea... i look forward to hearing more about it
  • Alfredo
    True, I like the fact that it's original and not a sequel/remake/re-whatever. I think Fox, the movie studio itself was probably wary of a hard-R movie. They're kinda weaksauce anyway.
  • var2apo
    giggity giggity !! All righttttt... with the talent of this man i think it will be hilarious. I love Family guy.
  • People's Champ
    Funny, I was wonder yesterday why Seth MacFarlane hasnt done any movies.
  • People's Champ
  • Joe
    Seth MacFarlane is funny and has a talent with cartoon voices. But in person (on screen, I mean) he is egotistical and unlikeable. I don't want to look at his smug face or hear his annoying real voice for a full movie. Stick to cartoons and keep your unlikeable self hidden off-screen, Seth.
  • Xerxex
    People's Champ I hope he puts his focus soley on The Green Hornet!
  • People's Champ
    ^^^^^ I think youre thinking of Seth Rogan.
  • pretentious douche
    I agree that weather or not this is " actually funny " will have a big impact on my opinion of the film.
  • DiR3cT
    Pass, I am sick of this racist bastard - Family Guy isn't funny anymore.
  • S
    I love Family Guy but everything else I've seen of his (American Dad, Cleveland Show, the "live special", etc) has been mediocre to awful. I don't have much hope for this, sadly.
  • uwe
    A talking animal sidekick in a Seth MacFarlane vehicle? I'm stunned at the originality!
  • Xerxex
    #13 its a teddy bear...not a real bear, think Pinocchio. @ People's Champ that's my bad man, I had my jump to conclusions mat out and I jumped to the wrong one.
  • Jomba joose
    What makes family guy funny is all the tongue n' cheek R stuff they can get away with on Nat'l tv; and their "Hard R" movie of animated shorts to me wasn't that funny. Hate to say it, but family guy is at a point where they're reaching a bit for laughs and the Cleveland Show is actually more like family guy of 2-3 yrs ago when it was funny. This is all IMO ofcourse. 😀 Hope this bear movie is funny and not "Baseket ball or orgasmo" compared to south park....
  • theotherbluth
    Dude, Baseketball is awesome. orgasmo, I'll agree
  • harrison
    love macfarlane and family guy, not a fan of movies that mix live action and cgi but ill see it at some point. as for a family guy movie we'll probably see their return of the jedi parody first im sure
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    Yes! Yes! Yes!




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