The Farrelly Brothers recently told IGN FilmForce they are hoping to shoot The Three Stooges movie next March.
The Farrelly Brothers on the set of Shallow Hal with Jack Black.
Three Stooges Talk
"The Stooges is something we've wanted to do for years and years," said Peter Farrelly. "It's a very tricky movie to get made. I'm not sure why, but usually our best movies are, so I'm happy about that. If they make it right away, usually something's wrong, it's too easy. This movie took five years to get made, Dumb and Dumber took five years to get made, Mary was not easy to get made. And this one, The Stooges has just been a nightmare, because it's, there's nothing like The Stooges now. It's a lot of hitting. And studios are confused. It's like, 'How does this work and who sees it and who's it for and when does it take place and how do you maintain it?
We took a long time to write this script. It took us, like, two years but we, finally cracked it. We're doing four 20-minute episodes. So, it's a short movie. It's an hour twenty, which is really all you need for The Stooges. And each episode begins where the last one left off, but they hold together as twenty minute bits and each one begins, you know, they had four theme songs. [He hums the four] And they had two in-between that were combinations. So each one will begin with that. And it will be an old time matinee feeling. And we're thinking of going with complete unknowns or whoever the best actors are. We're thinking of opening the field to everybody and just seeing who the best guys are."
And the favourites for the lead roles? Your not going to believe this: Benicio Del Toro, Jeff Daniels and Russell Crowe. Del Toro to play Moe, Daniels for Larry. Crowe is also being considered for the role of Moe. However, don’t expect to see Shemp in this redo.
“It's Moe, Larry and Curly. No Shemp”, but there will be another main cast member – a woman. “There's a really good female role. Kind of a bad girl role. That will be really fun to cast. I'm not sure who we'll go with, but it's a great role."
When asked when we should expect to see the film on the big screen Farrelly stated they wanted shooting to begin in March and have the film out a year from now.
Stay tuned for updates.