Universal Likes Seth MacFarlane's Hard R Teddy Bear Project
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?