December 13th, 2011, by Rob

Movie2k Movies – The Three Stooges Synopsis

The Three Stooges - Movie2k Movie PosterThe Three Stooges is an upcoming slapstick comedy film based on the mid-20th century comedy shorts of the same name. It was produced, written and directed by the Farrelly brothers and co-written by Mike Cerrone.

The Three Stooges  stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso. After over a decade of development hell and casting problems, principal photography took place from May to July 2011.

The Three Stooges  is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2012.



Movie2k Movies – The Three Stooges Plot

Left on a nun’s doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges  could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot…while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.

Movie2k Movies – The Three Stooges Cast

Movie2k Movies – The Three Stooges Production Notes

Conundrum Entertainment’s Bradley Thomas became attached to The Three Stooges around 2000 with Columbia Pictures. In March 2001, Warner Bros bought the feature rights from C3 Entertainment and Peter and Bobby Farrelly became involved. They along with co-writer Mike Cerrone completed the script in mid-to-late 2002 and began shopping it. In 2004, with no talent being attached to the project, their rights expired and it was acquired by First Look Studios and C3 Entertainment.

In November 2008, MGM boss Mary Parent picked up The Farrelly’s Warner Bros. scripts and the rights from C3 Entertainment, and was given a budget of $40 million with a release date of November 20, 2009. In March 2009, after struggling with casting delays, the release date for  The Three Stooges was pushed to 2010, but the filmmakers still did not have a cast set. In November 2010, MGM filed bankruptcy and the following month the project was taken over by 20th Century Fox in hopes to have released the film on March 14, 2011.

The Farrellys said that they were not going to do a biopic or remake, but instead new Three Stooges episodes set in the present day. The Three Stooges  will be divided into three segments with a stand-alone story, each being 27 minutes long. The Farrelly’s aim to receive a PG (Parental Guidance) rating from the MPAA, while still incorporating physical comedy. Farrelly said it would have “non-stop slapping, more in the tone of Dumb and Dumber than we’ve done”.

In March 2009, Benicio del Toro was in talks to play the lead role of Moe Howard, but then later dropped out. He was replaced by Chris Diamantopoulos in April 2011. Diamantopoulos portrayed Robin Williams in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork & Mindy’, a television movie about the behind-the-scenes drama during the making of Mork and Mindy. He has guest-starred in several series, including Kevin Hill, Charmed, The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, and Boston Legal and had a supporting role as a gay interior decorator in the USA Network mini-series The Starter Wife.

Diamantopoulos had a recurring role on the Lifetime drama series State of Mind. He also guest voiced on American Dad! in 2009. On the eighth season of the Fox series 24, Diamantopoulos played President Allison Taylor’s Chief of Staff Rob Weiss and he played Frank Sinatra in the TV miniseries, The Kennedys.

Hank Azaria was at one time considered for the part of Moe Howard.

Sean Penn was already set to play Larry Fine but dropped out to concentrate on his charitable efforts in Haiti. Sean Hayes was chosen to play Larry. Widely known for his role as Jack McFarland in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which Hayes won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, one American Comedy Award and six Golden Globes nominations, Hayes also portrayed comedian Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis.

Jim Carrey was set to play Curly Howard in The Three Stooges and gained 40 pounds for the role but ultimately dropped out because of not wanting to endanger his health gaining 60 to 70 pounds. The role went to Will Sasso, most notable for his membership in the recurring cast of comedians on the American sketch comedy series MADtv, spending five seasons on the show. Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and Shane Jacobson were all on the short list to play Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively.

In December 2010, Richard Jenkins was in talks to play Mother Superior in The Three Stooges . In February 2011, Cher was considered but Jane Lynch secured the role. Larry David plays another nun in the film called Mother Mengele. Sofía Vergara was cast as the Femme Fatale. Stephen Collins was cast as Mr. Harter and Carly Craig as his wife, Mrs. Harter. The cast of Jersey Shore (Nicole Polizzi, Michael Sorrentino, Jennifer Farley, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro) will have cameos in The Three Stooges .

On a reported budget of $30 million, principal photography started on May 9, 2011 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia and wrapped on July 20, 2011. Scenes were shot at the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District around 5 Points Sports Building on the corner of Peachtree St., Edgewood Ave., and Decatur St. on the evening and night of May 13 and wrapped the next day.

On May 26, filming took place at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Other locations included Piedmont Park and Colony Square. In June production for  The Three Stooges moved to Cartersville and shot scenes near Woodland High School. After the cast of the Jersey Shore arrived on July 18, 2011, they shot scenes at the Atlanta Civic Center. During the last two days of filming, scenes were shot at an Ansley Park home.



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