Deadline is reporting that MGM pre-packaged bankruptcy has opened the door for the Farrelly bros. comedy The Three Stooges to get made at 20th Century Fox. The studio has taken over the project from MGM and has scheduled a March 14, 2011 start date, with Bobby and Peter Farrelly to direct from a script they wrote with Mike Cerrone.
The project doesn’t have a cast at the moment, with Jim Carrey and Sean Penn both out and Benicio Del Toro not a lock to play Moe:
“The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now,” Peter Farrelly told Deadline New York’s Mike Fleming. “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 Flinstones. You’ve got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown.”
“There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of Dumb and Dumber than anything else we’ve done,” Farrelly said. “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.”