Peter and Bobby Farrelly have spent the better part of a decade trying to get “Stooges” off the ground, and in March they pulled off a major casting coup: Penn as Larry, with Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe.
Now MGM and the Farrellys, who wrote the script and are slated to direct, need to decide whether they will wait for Penn or seek to find a new actor. The film is eyeing a late August start date for a 2010 release.
Universal and Imagine, meanwhile, plan to move ahead on Cartel without Penn and will recast the part. Asger Leth will direct the script, which is still being worked on. The movie had no start date or release date.