Thursday, October 12, 2006

First Look Gets Slapped With "The 3 Stooges"

Henry Winterstern's First Look Studios has acquired feature film rights to "The Three Stooges".

The project was recently set up at Warner Bros. Pictures, based on a screenplay from the Farrelly brothers, but the studio let the option lapse.

First Look made the deal with rights holder C3 Entertainment, founded by Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Jerome "Curley" Howard, the original 3 Stooges actors.

"Various people have had various ideas, but we want to keep the traditional wild-and-crazy aspect," C3 Entertainment told Variety.

"We've been talking to a lot of the studios, but Henry Winterstern gets it."

Before Warners, the project was set up at Columbia, the 1930's-1950's studio for the original Stooges shorts, featuring Curley, Larry, Moe, Shemp Howard and Joe Besser.

C3 has a TV syndication pact with Sony Pictures Television to distribute those films internationally.