Are you ready to see a movie starring that guy from “Will & Grace” and two people you never heard of? Would it help if we told you it’s based on slapstick comedy show your Dad grew up watching? While we’ll ways been dreaming of what could’ve been with the Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro incarnation, we’re gonna have to live with Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as our “The Three Stooges.” The dream project by the Farrelly Brothers has been in the works for a long time now, and expectations will be riding high, but we dunno, somehow even looking at this first picture of the trio from USA Today we’re already bored.
That said, the ambition certainly isn’t lacking. The new film will be made up of three shorts telling one single story that will deliver the old school nyuks nyuks of the classic black and white laffers, while placing the trio in a modern context. And while the lead thesps — Hayes aside we suppose — are largely unknown, the supporting cast features Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Larry David and Jennifer Hudson. So that’s something. But our worry is that Farrellys will be too far into their own comfort zone with the “The Three Stooges.” The directors humor has never exactly been subtle and with Larry, Curly and Moe getting the most laughs out of hitting each other with inanimate objects, we fear where Farrellys indulgence in bottom of the barrel humor will take them. Not to mention the old school trio were geniuses at this type this thing — these guys? We’re not so sure.
Anyway, we’ll find out next spring on April 4, 2012. More below.