Earning a meagre $54 million at the box office on a $30 million budget, the Farrelly Brothers reboot of “The Three Stooges” wasn’t well received: audiences were indifferent. But that doesn’t matter. Why? Because The Three Stooges are a brand, and so another movie is in the works. Perhaps to little surprise, 20th Century Fox is not involved.
Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso will reprise their roles as Larry, Moe and Curly in this new indie production. A action star will join the cast, and of course all kinds of licensing and whatnot is being planned. Did no one in a position of importance realize that there’s not enough of an audience to justify this project?
No director or screenwriter has been revealed yet. Check out the full press release below.
Glendale, CA – May 8, 2015 – Earl Benjamin, CEO of C3 Entertainment, Inc. Alan Simpson, CEO of Grand Peaks Entertainmentand Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange announced today that The Three Stooges are returning to the big screen in a new action-comedy feature film.
C3 and Grand Peaks will produce with The Exchange that will also handle worldwide sales. C3, The Three Stooges brand owner, will also run the film’s licensing, merchandising and promotional programs.
Sean Hayes (Larry), Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) and Will Sasso (Curly), will reprise their roles as The Three Stooges.
A major action star will be added to the cast.
Cameron Fay has been hired to write the script. Most recently, Fay penned BROTHER IN LAWS at Paramount which has Taran Killam starring and is awaiting release. Fay also has COSMIC in development at Walden.
C3’s Earl Benjamin said, “We’re excited to be moving forward with The Exchange and Grand Peaks on the next Three Stooges movie. With Sean, Chris and Will back as our Stooges and Cameron writing, this next film will be a truly unique blend of fast paced action with the hilarious mayhem of The Three Stooges.”
“THE THREE STOOGES is an incredibly powerful brand, I am looking forward to give to the independent distributors the opportunity to participate in this commercial phenomenon,” said O’Shea from The Exchange.
Pablo Velez of C3 will produce along with Alan Simpson (THE LAST FIVE YEARS) of Grand Peaks and Nat McCormick of The Exchange. Simpson and McCormick will provide the feature’s development financing through their Exchange Peaks Capital fund.
C3’s Earl Benjamin and Robert Benjamin will executive produce along with The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea and Jeff Bowler.
Cameron Fay is repped by Paradigm, Kaplan/Perrone, and Lichter Grossman.