About a year ago, there were rumors that MGM was going to make a Three Stooges movie with Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio del Toro in the main roles. This hit a snag when Penn dropped out, Carey suggested it was dead, and MGM went further and further into debt. Today it was announced that 20th Century Fox has swept in to save the project and put it back on track.

Deadline reports that Fox has set a production start date of March 14 for The Three Stooges, which is daring considering there’s no cast. The film will still be directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and based on a script by Mike Cerrone. Since Penn and Carey are definitely out, and del Toro is in limbo, casting for the film is slated to begin immediately.

“The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now,” Peter Farrelly told me. “We’ll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we’re going to have to see him in the role. This is not The Flinstones. You’ve got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown.”

We hope they look far and wide because it will be hard to beat the original combo of actors they had. This would be a great chance for them to throw in Paul Giamatti for one of the roles. He would fit The Three Stooges mold perfectly!

What do you think of Fox taking over The Three Stooges? Is it a good or a bad move?