Seth MacFarlane reunites with Universal in his new western, A Million Ways To Die In The West, just one year after working together on MacFarlane’s first major animated film, Ted. Universal has teamed up with MacFarlane once again and announced Friday that they will co-finance and distribute his new western flick.
The film stars MacFarlane as a sheep farmer named Albert who is trying to win back the love of his life. Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi will also play roles in the film.
The Family Guy creator has been one of the most successful writers and directors on television and it didn’t take long for him to give the movie business a try. He made the transition well, as Ted brought in $549 million worldwide.
The new western flick will bring the group back together, as Seth MacFarlane reunites with Universal and decides to bring his Ted team along with him. Producers Scott Stuber and Jason Clark will fill the same roles while co-writers Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin will also hold the same positions in A Million Ways To Die In The West.
Universal is also interested in creating Ted 2 with MacFarlane, though nothing is set in stone just yet. Filming for MacFarlane’s new western will begin shortly and it’s release date is currently set for May 30, 2014 in North America.
Media Rights Capital, the production company that worked on Ted, will help finance the film along with Universal. It’s not often you see an animated western comedy, but with a star-studded cast and the best in the animation business in MacFarlane, there’s no telling how successful it will be.
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur by director Bob Peterson is expected to release the same day as MacFarlane’s new western, making for a one-on-one animation showdown between two of the top film studios as Seth MacFarlane reunites with Universal.
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