MGM Films is in the process of re-acquiring the film rights to the Three Stooges from Warner Bros. Pictures says the trades.
The studio showcased the comedy trio in shorts and features in the 30’s and hope to fast-track Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s most recent screenplay which provides a slapstick-fueled family-friendly origin story of sorts for Moe, Larry and Curly.
The new $45 million contemporary-day feature consists of four 20-minute shorts, the same as the slapstick pioneers’ most common format in the 1920s and ’30s. The first establishes the trio as seven-year-old castoffs who terrorize the nun-run orphanage that takes them in.
The Farrellys are attached to direct and produce along with Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler, and a PG or PG-13 rating is being targeted.
A November 20th 2009 release date has been set, though no-one is yet attached to star. A country-wide search will be conducted to find someone to play Curly.