Are The Three Stooges what's missing from cinema?
It was just announced that the Farrelly Brothers are bringing back to life their idea of a modern day Three Stooges film, and Peter Farrelly believes that this is just what the world needs.
Is a Three Stooges film really what the world needs to make everything all right, particularly the state of cinema just now? A slapstick comedy?
The Farrelly Brothers, Peter and Bobby, worked for five years at Warner Bros. trying to get the film made from their script, however now they're taking that script that they worked on for so long with Michael Cerrone at Warner and take it to MGM to make it there.
The Variety article says that it's not actually the Farrelly's who brought the project back to life, but MGM who were keen to get the project moving, they've purchased the rights from Warner and C3 to ensure that they can take The Three Stooges back to the big screen.
Peter Farrelly puts the story straight:
“It’s not a biopic. It takes place in present day, and they look, dress and sound exactly like the Stooges...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.”
Mmm. I'm not so sure that this is what world cinema wants or needs. There's plenty out there of what the world cinema needs, it's just not getting funded or distribution, I'm sure a modern day version of the Three Stooges is not what we need.
Although the casting hasn't been announced, they're not going about the casting in a normal fashion, for one of the cast members anyway. They're going to run talent auditions to find a Curly, the physical member of the Stooges, travelling across three or four major cities and end up in Los Angeles for the final selection.
What's more interesting is the structure of the film itself, with a plot line running through three short film type instalments, each around thirty minutes long. Not only that but it will be preceded by a number of comedy short films that will also be chosen through a contest.
“We know this is extremely difficult to pull off; we realize some Stooges fans will be upset no matter what we do...We love the Stooges and honor their memory, and we don’t want them to disappear. We hope that next Thanksgiving, dads will introduce their kids to the Stooges and create a new generation of knuckleheads.”
Yeah I don't think the old fans are a problem, is it really going to harm box office takings if existing Stooges fans don't buy into it? I don't think so, I think the big problem is trying to sell this concept to a new audience. Slapstick, physical comedy in front of a modern audience and split into a number of short films shown back to back?
I think the audience are going to find that hard to take, even with the Farrelly's behind it, and I hardly think it's the film that world audiences have been waiting to see, those films are sitting waiting for distribution deals or are being ignored outside of their own country or genre.