It seemed destined to become a project that would disappear in MGM's bankruptcy woes, but thanks to the intervention of 20th Century Fox, the Farrelly brothers' much anticipated Three Stooges film looks set to start production in March next year.
The movie, which will begin with the Stooges being dumped in an orphanage as newborns and follow them to adulthood, will ape the format of the original Stooges shorts by splitting the running time into three 27 minute episodes. The formerly-set cast of Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro are apparently no longer attached to the project post-MGM, and Peter Farrelly has said that casting will begin immediately:
We'll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we're going to have to see him in the role. This is not The Flinstones. You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown.
He went on to say that the movie will try to maintain the nonstop slapstick of the original movies, joking that "There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of Dumb and Dumber than anything else we've done."