Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been trying to make a "Three Stooges" movie since 1996, and, over the past 15 years, their passion project has received repeated smacks to the head with a frying pan.
A few years ago, it seemed like everything was coming together poifectly, with a dream cast that included Benicio Del Toro as Moe, Sean Penn as Larry and Jim Carrey as Curly. Carrey started packing on the pounds, but then Penn abandoned the project for personal reasons.
"You knucklehead!" (bonk) With Penn gone, Carrey left too. "What's the big idea?!" (smack) Then Penn supposedly rejoined the film. "Oh, a wise guy, eh?" Finally MGM's financial woes put the whole thing in limbo. "Nyaaaaaahhhhhhh!"
Now Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has taken over "The Three Stooges" from ailing MGM, and has put it on the fast-track for a March 14, 2011, start date. Oh boy!
The brothers are sticking with their original gameplan for three 27-minute segments set in present day, all done in the style of the old Stooges shorts, but with modern actors and situations. No word on whether any of the original threesome remains, with Carrey confirming to MTV that he's bailed, not wanting to endanger his health gaining 60-70 pounds.
"Put that with Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro slapping me in the head all day long, and someone will lose an eye. It won't be good," said Carrey. "It'll be like 'Midnight Express.' It'll be awful."
Rumor was out for awhile that Paul Giamatti might be down for Larry, but the actor said recently it was a misunderstanding. Whoever pops up when they page "Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard," we're just glad the Farrelly's can bring us what will undoubtedly be their best slapstick masterpiece since "Dumb and Dumber." Now we just have to wait for the inevitable X-Box "Three Stooges" first-person eye poking game.