By Dave Campbell | March 25, 2009
Why I oughta!!!
The Three Stooges is now a reality. MGM and the Farrelly brothers have scored Sean Penn as Larry, and are continuing negotiations with Jim Carrey who has planned to gain 40 pounds to play Curly. The studio has also announced that they are close to bringing in Benicio Del Toro to play Moe to which the Farrelly Bros have been eyeballing since seeing him in Snatch. This comes as a big change since Carry was always mentioned as the front-runner for Moe in years past.
The film will not be a biopic (which saddens me), but rather a – you guessed it! – remake comedy of the legendary shtick and slap stick made famous by Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard in the classic Columbia Pictures shorts.
For the last 10 years Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been on a development roller coaster with three different studios to make the project happen. First was obviously the original home of the Stooges, Columbia, then they moved to Warner Bros., and finally rested with MGM, where Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent championed the production by purchasing the screenplays from Warner Brothers. Mary also penned a deal with the Three Stooges rights holders C3 which also made Earl and Robert Benjamin of C3 executive producers.
Production is planned for fall 2009 so a release can be slated for sometime in 2010. The Farrellys, who wrote the script, are producing with their Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas, and Charlie Wessler. It must be noted that Penn has not done comedy since 1989’s We’re No Angels.
I don’t know…this is some major acting talent thrown in the mix but I’m still not sure that the once but now far from relevant Farrelly brothers have what it takes to pull this off.