Three Stooges Reloaded: The Gathering

While Land of Punt has found reports of the following story from several news outlets, it still not one-hundred percent certain it’s actually true.

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According to Variety, Sean Penn has signed on to play Larry in a new movie version of “The Three Stooges.”

The cinematic re-imagining of the famous comedy trio is being written and directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and is planned for a 2010 release. This is a Three Stooges movie, not a movie about the Three Stooges. One should expect slaps, eye-gouges and a lot of “Nyuks.”

The studio behind the project, MGM, claims they are courting Jim Carrey to play Curly and Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

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The Three Stooges are in the Land of Punt. They are always funny.

Land of Punt also finds its quite amusing that three stooges are slated to play the Three Stooges.

Penn is an obnoxious twit and his visits with Hugo Chávez and Raúl Castro are traitorous. Carrey is a joke and he stopped being funny years ago. Del Toro lost all credibility when he played the murderous thug Che Guevera and failed to denounce the henchman’s communist beliefs.

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However, all three are very talented actors. Especially Penn, whose acting ability Land of Punt holds in high regard. Penn is the greatest actor of his generation.

The casting of these great actors indicates just how complex and demanding are the roles of the Three Stooges.

While it may seem that all one needs to play either Larry, Moe and Curly is the ability to beat the “Punt” out of the other two, there is a requirement for perfect comedic timing and believability. In other words, its harder than it looks.

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For many, remaking the Three Stooges is sacrosanct. Assuredly, even before screened, the film will be derided for its audacity. Yet, the inclusion of three big name actors and a famous film-making-duo gives the production a cache it wouldn’t have if the creative team were unknowns.

If the movie is quite good, the studio has nothing to worry about. If the movie is quite awful, fans will be inclined to visit the theater to see Penn and company fail. If the movie was packed with lesser known talent, movies goers would be likely to avoid the train wreck altogether. The studio has hedged its bets.

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Of course the film is once again proof that Hollywood is out of ideas, or at least out of gumption. Movies are so expensive nowadays that studios can no longer take a chance on innovation.

While one might arguing that a three stooges movie staring two Academy Award winners is as innovated as it gets, the idea is actually quite safe. Even ardent Stooges fan and the most vocal Penn detractors have to be extremely curious to see this use of cinema.

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Even if the above story is false, it will induce bloggers to post scores of Three Stooges clips and that is a good thing.

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