Though the cast tried valiantly, 2012’s Three Stooges movie from the Farrelly Brothers seemed liked an ill-advised experiment that didn’t quite pan out. Like, it’s great that you can do an impression of an iconic comedian, but is that something people want? That’s not a movie, it’s a county fair. Nonetheless, $54 million worth of audiences worldwide paid to see that $30 million budgeted experiment, and now it’s getting a sequel. The Farrelly Brothers are not attached.
Sean Hayes (Larry), Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) and Will Sasso (Curly) will reprise their roles as the wacky brothers.
C3 and Grand Peaks will produce with The Exchange, which also is handling worldwide sales. C3, owner of The Three Stooges brand, will run the film’s licensing, merchandising and promotional programs.
Cameron Fay, who wrote the upcoming Paramount film Brother in Laws, will pen the script, which is being envisioned as an action-comedy rather than a straight comedy. The producers are looking to add a major action star to to the cast.
Oh good. That’s just what the Three Stooges was missing, more ‘splosions. And nothing pairs with broad slapstick like realistic danger.
“With Sean, Chris and Will back as our Stooges and Cameron writing, this next film will be a truly unique blend of fast paced action with the hilarious mayhem of The Three Stooges,” C3 CEO Earl Benjamin said.
“Also, remember pogs? They’re back!”
Added The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea: “The Three Stooges is an incredibly powerful brand, I am looking forward to give to the independent distributors the opportunity to participate in this commercial phenomenon.” [THR]
Well sure, nothing gets me fired up for a high-larious comedy like a businessman discussing his brand. “The #Synergy between our #Brands is sure to create exciting new revenue #Streams of cross-platform #Content.” I like that even in the press release they’re not even pretending to care about the actual movie. “The Three Stooges is an incredibly powerful brand, and I’m excited to see it on lunchboxes and tote bags across the tri-state area.”
I bet Brian O’Shea and Earl Benjamin have already endorsed each other for so many skills on LinkedIn.