Nyuk, Nyuk! Farrellys Relaunch Three Stooges

It's a match made in comic heaven — if you like slapstick and gross-out gags, that is. Classic comic knuckleheads the Three Stooges are getting the big-screen treatment by the current kings of lowbrow comedy, Peter and Bobby Farrelly.

The Farrellys, who've brought us There's Something About Mary and Me, Myself, & Irene, are prepping a new Three Stooges cinematic adventure.

Never mind that the original stooges are long since dead — the Farrellys will recruit a new batch of eye-poking, head-slapping, nyuk-nyuking funnymen. In other words, curly-haired, bald, and Caesar-cut comics — call your agent now.

The Farrellys are expected to start writing the project for Warner Bros. after wrapping their current project, Shallow Hal, for 20th Century Fox. The Stooges project is tentatively scheduled to debut in the summer of 2003.

"I've been a huge fan of the Farrellys and the Stooges, and it's so exciting to have the five of them together," Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This will truly be an event picture." Uh, fine. Just count on that audience being 99 percent male.

Mel Gibson, another fan of the Stooges, recently produced an ABC TV biopic on the ageless comic team.

The Farrellys' new film, Say It Isn't So, opens March 23.

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