The Three Stooges didnít make too much of a splash when it was released back in 2012. Not only did it only gross $50.4 million from its $30 million budget, but it was met with lukewarm reviews, as well. However, C3 Entertainment, Grand Peaks Entertainment, and The Exchange clearly still see some kind of potential in the comedy because the studios have banded together to order a sequel, which will bring its three leading actors, Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso, back too.
According to Deadline, Cameron Fay has been hired to write the follow-up, while itís still not known if the Farrelly Brothers will return for joint director duties. However, as Bobby and Peter Farrelly wrote the original alongside Mike Cerrone before they then went on to direct, itís highly unlikely that they will decide to step into the breach again, having not been given the responsibility of scribing it.
And while itís a tad surprising that the studios have combined to release another Three Stooges effort after 20th Century Fox decided not to proceed, C3, Grand Peak, and The Exchange have devised a clever little scheme to try and make sure that The Three Stooges 2 is more profitable this time round. They are going to cast a big action star to join the ensemble, and he or she will partake in Larry, Curly, and Moeís idiotic antics. They also hope that his appeal will help to increase the filmís poor showing overseas, where it only contributed 19% of the filmís box office.
Deadline didnít given any indication about who that might be, however, we're guessing heíll try to be in the mold of a Chris Evans or a Chris Hemsworth. Obviously, the trifecta of studios would be absolutely delighted, probably stunned, if they managed to get either of the above pair. In all likelihood, they might want to scale back expectations and hope for Taylor Lautner, Douglas Booth or Alex Pettyfer.
Itíll probably still take a lot of convincing for whoever is picked to actually sign on the dotted line for the film though, especially since the first film failed to connect with an audience. Weíll get our first indication if screenwriter Fay is up to the task of reviving the Stooges when his debut feature script, Brother In Laws, starring Gillian Jacobs, Taran Killam and Bill Pullman, is released later this year.