Nyuk-nyuk! MGM plucks Stooges pic

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It looks like the Three Stooges have finally found their way back home.

MGM, which showcased the comedy trio in shorts and features as early as 1933, is in the process of acquiring the film rights to the Stooges from Warner Bros., which has been developing a feature project for years. The Lion hopes to fast-track the most recent screenplay written by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, which provides an origin story of sorts for Moe, Larry and Curly.

The Farrellys are attached to direct. They also will produce along with Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler. Earl Benjamin and Robert Benjamin of C3 Entertainment, the executors of the Stooges' estate, will executive produce.

MGM has targeted Nov. 20, 2009, for a pre-Thanksgiving release. Execs Cale Boyter and Luke Ryan will oversee for the studio.

The Farrellys, repped by CAA, most recently co-wrote and directed a remake of "The Heartbreak Kid." (partialdiff)
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