(Note sarcasm in headline, $60 is for the large, smaller versions are less money)
I can’t with this.
The creator of “Family Guy” and “Ted” presents some movie ideas the studio passed on, just because they were terrible.
Red Band Trailer: Ted - July 13
Directed by Seth MacFarlane, written by McFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale, and Seth MacFarlane.
Somewhere between Paul and Wilfred lives Ted. This trailer isn’t as funny as I was expecting it to be but I do think it has potential. MacFarlane’s incorporation of talking animals into his cartoons works because they’re cartoons and it’s easy to suspend disbelief, I’m afraid that’s going to be more of a challenge here. (And probably why the marketing points to TedIsReal.com.) Also distracting is the fact that Ted’s voice is very similar to Peter Griffin. For now I still plan on going to see this one and am generally excited for MacFarlane’s first feature attempt.
Matt Sax appears at TEDxBROADWAY Repping His One-Man Hip-Hop Musical Clay
Mark Wahlberg, who’s coming off the summer hit The Other Guys with Will Ferrell, is negotiating to star in another buddy comedy. You might think we’ve seen it all on the well trodden buddy comedy trail, but how about one with a guy and his life-size, walking-talking teddy bear? Wahlberg will star in Ted, the R-rated directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane which Media Rights Capital committed to finance at a $65 million budget. Universal Pictures acquired it last April. Wahlberg will play an average Boston guy, normal except for the childhood wish he made that his teddy bear could come to life — and it did. Years later, the boy is an adult, and the bear is still his best friend. But the bear, a carousing, irresponsible slacker, is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves. MacFarlane will provide the voice of the bear, which will be brought to life through CG in an otherwise live action format. MacFarlane wrote the script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and they go past that racy sitcom, which is why the film will be R-rated. Ted will be produced by Scott Stuber through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures, along with MacFarlane, John Jacobs and MRC.
Universal Pictures has stepped up to acquire the $65 million budget Ted, an R-rated comedy that will mark the feature directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The film, which was developed by Media Rights Capital, is most succinctly described as a hard R comedy about a man and his teddy bear. The feature will mix live action and CG. MacFarlane will also co-star and provide the voice for the CG-generated title character. MacFarlane wrote the script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and he will produce with MRC, Scott Stuber and John Jacobs.
That’s a big budget for an R-rated hybrid comedy. But MacFarlane plus movies is a good idea, and I would have given it the greenlight as well. Just a huge gamble, that’s all.