Nyuk, nyuk: Farrellys tackle WB’s ‘Stooges’

Brothers fire up film for 2005 release

Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s revisiting of the Three Stooges films has been officially greenlit at Warner Bros.

“The Three Stooges” is expected to start shooting early next year for a summer 2005 release.

The Farrellys, who have a long-term overall production deal with 20th Century Fox via their Conundrum Entertainment banner, last made a pic with Warner Bros. in 2001, the Chris Rock starrer “Osmosis Jones.”

Their return to Warners will provide studio with a high-profile comedy, a genre in which senior execs say the studio has been seriously lacking over the last few years.

WB pic will be an adventure that revolves around the Stooges characters originated by Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Jerome “Curly” Howard in the classic Columbia two-reelers.

Sony originally had the feature rights to the pic but let them lapse, allowing WB to step in.

The Farrellys spent last winter and spring writing with Mike Cerrone a contemporized script featuring the Moe, Larry and Curly characters.

Siblings will next produce “The Ringer,” a Barry Blaustein-directed comedy that will star Johnny Knoxville as a guy who pretends to be mentally challenged so he can fix the Special Olympics. Fox Searchlight pic is being produced by Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas and John Jacobs.

The Farrelly brothers wrote and directed the upcoming Fox comedy “Stuck on You,” about the adventures of conjoined twins, to be released Dec. 12.

The brothers, repped by CAA, also recently inked a TV deal with Fox Broadcasting in June for a half-hour comedy series based on the life and persona of scribe Ricky Blitt.

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