Remake of ‘The Three Stooges’ could bring back slapstick comedy


It has been reported on many different Web sites that MGM and the Farrelly brothers are putting together a modern reboot of “The Three Stooges.” What may be more shocking than this is the rumored cast.

According to an article on, recent Oscar winner Sean Penn is set to follow his stunning performance in “Milk” and play Larry while Benicio Del Toro will play Moe, and currently in negotiations to play the dimwitted shiny-domed Curly is Jim Carrey.

The article goes on to say that the Farrelly brothers (“Dumb and Dumber,” “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary”) had trouble finding a studio to pick up the movie offer. Finally after being rejected by Columbia and Warner Bros, MGM picked up the offer and bought the Stooges rights from C3 entertainment.

Initially, after hearing the idea of rebooting the classic slapstick comedic trio that owned the mid-20th century was a laugh in and of itself. Yet after hearing that the Farrelly brothers and three renowned actors were working together doesn’t raise my hopes at all.

The problem isn’t the star-studded team working on the movie; it’s the idea. The idea of creating a non-biopic movie about the dynamic trio that paved the way for decades of slapstick comedy.

This movie would be more interesting and Oscar-worthy if the Farrelly brothers decided to turn it into a biopic feature film. There was so much that happened behind the camera among the comedic trio that it would allow for some really good scenes and storylines.

The main problem I have with this movie is originality. I am sick of directors and actors looking back at revolutionary films and revamping those ideas for the 21st century. Doesn’t anyone in Hollywood have any new ideas that don’t involve rebooting classics just to make a buck or two?

Maybe I am just a fan of classics or maybe I believe that if something as original and memorable as “The Three Stooges” should be left as a classic. Will the film even be in black and white?

A potential failure with this movie is that slapstick comedy isn’t really popular right now. Probably the last big slapstick comedy was, coincidentally, the Farrelly brothers’ “Dumb and Dumber” with Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Although I anticipate this movie will fail at the box office, if it even makes it that far, I am glad that such a star-studded cast is willing to try and maybe rejuvenate the comedy genre of slapstick comedy. I hope this movie works out and becomes a modern tribute to the original three, but doubt is racing through my mind and apparently through Columbia and Warner Bros. studios’ as well.