One of the most consistently confusing pieces of film news to have been in and out of the Hollywood press pages this year is the reinvention of The Three Stooges for modern audiences.
Early reports seemed unsure as to what exactly the project would end up being and what MGM - the company behind the reboot - had in mind. Some speculated that the film would be a biopic documenting the lives and troubled relationship between Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard. Others suggested there were plans to recreate their slapstick humour around an entirely new fictional plot. At this stage, it seems we are a million miles away from any film trailers or teaser posters to support the flick - but it has definitely been an interesting few months for details on the project.
Recent reports have suggested that following the financial woes of MGM, Fox is now ready to take the movie to the next stage of its development. Interestingly, it seems that The Farrelly Brothers - the directorial duo behind comedies like Dumb and Dumber, Stuck on You and There's Something About Mary - are still the names in the frame to take up the camera. This would seem to suggest the film will eventually be an out-and-out comic caper, rather than the real-life drama some had predicted. Less certain, however, is exactly who will reprise the roles of the characters themselves.
Originally, it had been reported that the powerhouse trio of Sean Penn as Larry, Benicio Del Toro as Moe, and Jim Carrey as Curly had been lined up. Later though, Penn was confirmed as out, leaving Paul Giamatti to step into the shoes he'd left behind. Since then, it seems that despite gaining 40 pounds for the role, Jim Carrey has also now stepped aside. Speaking to MTV about the movie as a whole, the plastic-faced star said: "I think it's dead. It's dead at least with me."
The latest news on the subject though, is that Fox has slated The Three Stooges to begin shooting in March 2011, giving them just four months to lock down their final three lead actors. In a statement issued to Deadline, director Peter Farrelly said it was vital that the right people were found to take up these iconic roles. "The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now," he told the site. "This is not The Flintstones," Farrelly concluded, "You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard and that could be a major movie star or an unknown."
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