The Farrelly brothers are planing to do a Three Stooges movie. If the casting gods align, a bowl-cut Benicio Del Toro will be sticking his fingers in the eyes of a puffed-up Jim Carrey, while a frowsy-haired Sean Penn watches on in Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s update of The Three Stooges.
Umm. Why? Do we really need two Oscar winners (Del Toro, Penn) and a Golden Globe winner (Carey) in the roles of Moe, Larry, and Curly? Reportedly its not a biopic (Walk The Line, Ray, etc.) These guys are going to be the Stooges.
I’m not really a big believer in sacrilege (I loved the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, I suffered through Brian Michael Bendis’ endless and pointless crossovers in the Marvel Universe, I like Concrete Blond’s version of Everybody Knows); but you have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t doubt the talents of the Farrelly brothers (although IMHO their greatest film is Kingpin). Why remake something that was and still is comedy gold. And I say this as a person who is not a huge fan of the Stooges. I prefer the Marx Brothers. They were much more subtle and kings of the double entendre.
The Stooges are more like a comedy sledgehammer, while the Marx Brothers employed the rapier– but I digress. Sure in a pitch meeting this might sound good, but I’m sure the Battlefield Earth, Waterworld, and Howard The Duck sounded good too.