Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has signed a deal with Universal to make his feature film directorial debut on Ted, a $65 million “hard-R” picture about “a man and his teddy bear.”
MacFarlane will also co-star and provide the voice for the CG-generated title character. MacFarlane wrote the script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and he will produce with MRC, Scott Stuber and John Jacobs. I’ve heard that the intention of Universal, MRC and MacFarlane is to get the film into production this year. MacFarlane will work the film around his exhausting duties supervising the animated Fox shows Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad!, and providing a majority of the voices. Fox and MacFarlane have long wanted to make a Family Guy theatrical feature, but Ted will come first. Fox apparently was reluctant to embrace the teddy bear movie because of its R-rating. [Deadline]
I’m picturing an adult version of Gooby that sneaks you whiskey and you jerk each other off. Because if not that, what are imaginary friends for?
I don’t know why, but I like Seth MacFarlane. I mostly liked the old Family Guy, meaning I like about 35% of the total Family Guy episodes. It’s okay, but you want to hate it when you see guys like the guy on MacFarlane’s right in the video laughing as hard as they do at it. Shut up, dork, you’re ruining this for me. But American Dad! is meh and The Cleveland Show is essentially unwatchable. But for some reason, I still see Seth MacFarlane and imagine a guy I wouldn’t mind hanging out with. I’m just glad this hasn’t happened with Jerry Bruckheimer. Praying for his fiery death is all that gives my life meaning.
I need to rent this.