Bobby and Peter Farrelly gave an update on their long-awaited feature The Three Stooges. The duo were doing press for their upcoming comedy Hall Pass and shared some details on the films casting, their plans to shoot it later this Spring, and why they think it’s been such a long process to bring it to the big screen. Peter also discussed his two shorts in Movie 43, and how that project came about.
The brothers have not officially cast anyone, but they’ve been impressed with a few people that have auditioned and will begin shooting this spring. Check out the full interview at Collider via the link below.
Here's what they had to say about the type of film they have planned:
“this isn’t a Farrelly version of The Three Stooges. This is The Three Stooges. And, it’s not a biopic, by the way. We’ve written three new episodes. The movie is actually three episodes that go back to back to back. Each one picks up where the other one left off. We want you to look at it and say, “It’s Mo, Larry and Curly!,” so we have very high standards on this route.”
Here's why they think the films been so difficult to get into production:
“It’s a terrifying project for actors to try to play such comedy icons, first of all. That’s a little dangerous. I think the studio also looks at it and says, “Oh, The Three Stooges. That’s for guys. That’s not for girls.” In their minds, you only have half an audience to choose from, but we don’t necessarily see it that way. We see it more like when we made the movie Dumb and Dumber. It might appear that it’s for guys, but girls really gravitated towards it too because it’s funny. We’re hoping for the same thing here. I think girls will appreciate The Three Stooges humor too. I think the studio was a little scared of that.”
Here is what Peter had to say about Movie 43 and how it came together:
“Movie 43 is the brain child of Charlie Wessler, who produces lots of our movies. Basically, he wanted to do a Kentucky Fried Movie type of movie with a bunch of shorts, but we didn’t want to do one that was just one short after another with no connection. So, what Movie 43 is, is that kind of movie with a wrap-around and the wrap-around is two 15-year-old stoners and their 11-year-old egghead brother/computer whiz, who are trying to find the elusive Movie 43. It’s the most banned movie in the world. It was banned in all countries because it’s so subversive. They have heard about it and they are trying to find it on the Internet. They keep breaking into other banned sites and movie archives, and finding these other shorts. After every two or three movies, you come back to these kids who are still looking, but someone is trying to stop them from finding Movie 43 and that starts turning. So, there is a plot within the shorts. We have something happening in the wrap-around.”
Peter also states tha the film was made for $5 million, it’s a hard R, and the cast is made up of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Johnny Knoxville, Emma Stone, Chloe Moretz, and many more.
I am looking forward to seeing Hall Pass and I hope that The Three Stooges turns out to be good. Movie 43 sounds like fun. Are you looking forward to seeing these upcoming films?