Three Stooges fans, get ready for a whole new era of slapstick mayhem.
C3 Entertainment, who holds the license on the Three Stooges, is teaming with Titmouse, Inc., animation studio, and the Cake distribution company to produce a new animated series that promises to bring the boys — Curly, Larry, and Moe — to a whole new generation of fans.
In a press release reported by Entertainment Weekly earlier this month, Cake said that the show will have the “same broad family appeal that is associated with The Three Stooges classic brand, with the physical visual and slapstick humour taken to whole new levels.”
There is an order for 52 episodes at 11 minutes each in length. Traditional Three Stooges shorts ran between 17 and 19 minutes.
“I grew up watching The Three Stooges with my father,” Titmouse president Chris Prynoski said. “When I signed on to helm this new show, I made a blood oath to my Dad that I would treat the Stooges brand like it was a newborn baby Fabergé egg. With the cartoon making team we have lined up at Titmouse, it’s sure to be the most batty, bananas, insanely giggle-inducing version of the Three Stooges your eyeballs and brainhole have ever experienced. Dad, I won’t let you down!”
The pilot for the series was created with Christy Karacas of Superjail! fame directing. The project hopes to attract different “established” directors for the purpose of helming “several episodes” apiece, EW notes.
In other “supoib” Stooges news, a sequel to the 2012 Farrelly Brothers film has been approved and is moving forward with the same cast, consisting of Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Will Sasso as Curly, and Sean Hayes as Larry.
Cameron Fay, who wrote the upcoming Brother-in-Laws script for Paramount, will be penning the sequel, which the Hollywood Reporter notes is being envisioned as an “action-comedy.”
The hope is to draw in a “major action star” — which probably limits the possibilities to Vin Diesel, The Rock, and Jason Statham, and instantly leaves some of us (namely me) shaking our heads.
“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,” C3 CEO Earl Benjamin said in a press release.
What do you think of all this new Three Stooges news, readers? Are you excited for one, both, or none of these projects?
[Image via Titmouse c/o EW, linked above]