Farrelly Brothers' The Three Stooges Back on Track
12.03.10 by Ryan
After Jim Carrey recently declared Peter and Bobby Farrelly's The Three Stooges movie "dead," the movie is finally back on track. The Farrellys originally got the green light for The Three Stooges at MGM in 2008, right before the studio fell into severe financial troubles. Two years later, MGM's bankruptcy and restructuring has finally been approved, and The Three Stooges has a production start date.
Deadline reports that new studio 20th Century Fox has scheduled a March 14 start date for The Three Stooges, possibly in Atlanta, which gives the Farrellys time to cast the movie. "The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now," Peter Farrelly told Deadline. "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 Flintstones. You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown."
The Farrellys originally cast Carrey as Curly, Sean Penn as Larry, and Benicio Del Toro as Moe, but the two years of waiting has left the movie without a cast, save one. According to the report, the movie starts with the trio being dumped at an orphanage and Richard Jenkins is in talks to play the head nun that is tortured by the young Stooges.
Farrelly's Three Stooges will be in the spirit of the original shorts and be split into three segments filled with the violent comedy that made the Stooges famous. "There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of Dumb and Dumber than anything else we've done," said Peter. "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."