Larry, Moe, and Curly are returning to the big screen in Bob and Peter Farrelly’s new movie version of The Three Stooges. The filmmaking siblings (and onetime kings of the gross-out comedy) insist their project will retain the classic physical comedy and humor of the original Stooges shorts and movies.

20th Century Fox has settled on a Spring 2012 theatrical release date for The Three Stooges, which is reportedly being structured as a collection of three half-hour segments (like the classic Stooges shorts) that pick up with the quarrelsome trio at different periods in their lives.

Fox has chosen April 4th, 2012 as the release date for Three Stooges. That will give it a two day head-start on another comedy title, American Reunion (a.k.a. American Pie 4). It’ll be interesting to see which brand of comedy plays out better with general audiences – the old-fashioned vaudeville antics of the Stooges or the raunchier hijinks of the American Pie squad. How the different gags (both physical and gross) are executed will definitely affect the outcome, of course.

Here is how THR describes the plot of The Three Stooges:

The film will follow Larry, Moe and Curly as they try to save their childhood home, but accidentally become involved in a murder plot and in a modern-day twist will end up starring in a reality TV show.

So, going off that description, part of the joke in Three Stooges will involve how ill-fitting and out of place its namesake’s mannerisms and behavior seem in a contemporary setting (like in The Brady Bunch Movie). That should at least be the case in the second and third acts of the film, since the first act will begin with Larry, Moe, and Curly being raised in an orphanage run by a collection of nuns whose ranks include Jane Lynch and Larry David (yep, you read that correctly).

The Farrelly Brothers’ trademark mix of outrageous bathroom/sex humor and sentiment has become pretty tired over the course of the last decade (see this year’s Hall Pass for proof of that) – not to mention, selling The Three Stooges to moviegoers who did not grow up watching the original shorts or movies may be kind of tricky. Still, perhaps the change of pace will end up being exactly what the Farrellys need to get their creative mojo working properly again. Maybe.

Don’t expect them to deviate too far from the tone and style of their previous movies, especially the likes of Dumb and Dumber – which is pretty much a full-blooded modern-day variation on The Three Stooges.

The Three Stooges will star Sean Hayes as Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, and Will Sasso as Curly. Rounding out the supporting cast are the likes of Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Sophia Vergara, Craig Bierko, and Stephen Collins.

The film is now scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on April 4th, 2012.

Source: THR