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Cannes: ‘Three Stooges’ Returning in Action-Comedy

In a pre-Cannes move, independent producers are launching a Three Stooges action comedy with Sean Hayes (Larry), Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) and Will Sasso (Curly) on board.

The trio starred in Fox’s 2012 movie “The Three Stooges,” which was produced, directed and written by the Farrelly Brothers and based on the classic slapstick trio.

The announcement was made Friday by Earl Benjamin, CEO of C3 Entertainment; Alan Simpson, CEO of Grand Peaks Entertainment; and Brian O’Shea, CEO of the Exchange.

C3 and Grand Peaks will produce with the Exchange, which will launch worldwide sales at Cannes. C3, owner of the Three Stooges brand, will also run the film’s licensing, merchandising and promotional programs.

Cameron Fay has been hired to write the script. He wrote Paramount’s “Brother in Laws,” starring Taran Killam, and has “Cosmic” in development at Walden.

“With Sean, Chris and Will back as our Stooges and Cameron writing, this next film will be a truly unique blend of fast paced action with the hilarious mayhem of the Three Stooges,” Benjamin said.

Pablo Velez of C3 will produce along with Alan Simpson of Grand Peaks and Nat McCormick of the Exchange. Simpson and McCormick will provide the feature’s development financing through their Exchange Peaks Capital fund. C3’s Earl Benjamin and Robert Benjamin will exec produce along with O’Shea and Jeff Bowler.

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Cameron Fay is repped by Paradigm, Kaplan/Perrone, and Lichter Grossman.

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