Comic cohort brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly will produce and direct a Three Stooges feature film at MGM, the trades announced today.
The siblings will renew their quest to channel the comic mayhem of the Three Stooges into a contemporary comedy for the studio.
Project marks an MGM homecoming for the Stooges as well as the Farrellys, who spent five years trying to make the Stooges movie at Warner Bros. The Farrellys will polish the script they wrote with Michael Cerrone and will direct the picture.
It also marks another homecoming for the Stooges at Sony or Columbia Pictures, which produced many of their short features in the 1930s and ’40s.
The studio has staked out a Nov. 20, 2009, release date for the film.
That puts the Stooges up against the Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Sherlock Holmes” and the animated “Planet 51.” Disney has scheduled the male-skewing comedy “Old Dogs,” with John Travolta, for Nov. 25.
The Farrellys will produce with Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler. C3 Entertainment’s Earl and Robert Benjamin will be exec producers.