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Farrellys catch ‘Hall Pass’

Owen Wilson to star in New Line film

New Line Cinema has set a Feb. 22 production start for “Hall Pass,” an R-rated comedy directed by Pete and Bobby Farrelly that will star Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis.

Pic marks the first collaboration between the Farrelly sibs and New Line since “Dumb and Dumber.”

Wilson and Sudeikis will play a couple of guys who get a week of liberty from the obligations of marriage. They try to parlay this “hall pass” into a week of decadence, but find it difficult to suddenly roam their hometown as bachelors. Things get complicated when their mates, who don’t want to wait around and watch the debauchery, go on vacation together, armed with the same “hall pass.”

Sudeikis is in negotiations, pending scheduling with his obligations as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He just starred for New Line in “Going the Distance.” He also stars with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler in “Bounty Hunter.”

The Farrellys got involved with “Hall Pass” when Fox bought the Pete Jones spec for them five years ago, right after Jones (with his film “Stolen Summer”) was the focal point of the first season of the reality series “Project Greenlight.” The Farrellys have working on drafts with Jones and Kevin Barnett ever since, even after Fox put the project into turnaround.

The brothers will produce with Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas, and with Charlie Wessler. They suddenly had an opening in their schedule to make the movie quickly because “The Three Stooges” got postponed. While Fox is aboard to co-finance that picture with MGM, the project and several others will sit until MGM’s financial travails are sorted out. The Farrellys are optimistic the delay gives them a chance to keep intact their original cast of Benicio Del Toro, Jim Carrey and Sean Penn, though no commitments have been made.

Hall Pass” will shoot in Georgia, but the setting will be New England, as with most other Farrelly comedies.

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