The Farrley's have been working on a script for a revival of the Stooges for Warner Bros for the past five years with no luck. Now that MGM has acquired the rights to several WB scripts, the project is finally getting the green light.
Variety reports that according to Peter Farrley, it will not be a biopic, but instead feature the knuckleheads being themselves and set in a modern world:
"When the economy started turning, we felt like the world could use a Stooges slapfest. Bobby and I haven’t done a real physical comedy in a while, and it’s the most exciting thing we could think of now, to have people go to the movie, see some great slapstick fun family humor."
One of the reasons why Hollywood had what's known as its "golden age" was because it offered cheap entertainment for audiences in the middle of the depression of the 30's. People needed distractions from their everyday lives and movies were right there to fill that void. Perhaps MGM chairman Mary Parent thinks that now might be the right time to try that tactic again. Of course with current cost of ticket prices and concessions that require their own adjustable rate mortgage, we're not sure that history is going to repeat itself.
Still the project got the go-ahead from the powers that be to be budgeted at $45 million and targeted for a PG or PG-13 rating in order to reach the largest demographic.
The scheduled release is currently set for November 20, 2009, which puts it in the box office against Robert Downey Jr.'s upcoming film about Sherlock Holmes.
No word on who might be considered for casting yet, but we're sure armchair movie moguls everywhere will be theorizing and postulating about this until its released.
As always, stay tuned.