Read the Press Release for Seth MacFarlane’s Next Live Action Comedy ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’

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Seth MacFarlane’s next live-action project, A Million Ways To Die In The West, is headed to theatres next summer.  Not only is he co-writing and directing, but this time MacFarlane will star as the film’s lead.  This finally solidifies the sobering fact that MacFarlane’s net worth has no f@#$ing monetary ceiling, even at the exploitation of his own skills.   This guy has talents, and he knows how to sell ‘em.

Universal has released a press release disclosing some new casting additions and a full plot synopsis.

Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital (MRC) will co-finance Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST.  Universal will distribute the film worldwide.  A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST will be released on May 30, 2014 in North America.

MacFarlane directs, produces and co-writes A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST.  He also plays the role of the sheep farmer (Albert) with an all-star cast that includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris.   The filmmaking team behind the hit film TED – producers Scott Stuber and Jason Clark and co-writers Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin – are reuniting with MacFarlane, Universal and MRC for the project.

After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man.  When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love.  But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

I’m loving the casting announcements (though, Seyfried has yet to win me over as a selling point).  The idea seems mostly original and fresh, being that there hasn’t been a great comedy-western since the days of Three Amigos! and Blazing Saddles.

If A Million Ways can capture just a fraction of the business Ted did last summer, Universal will have to ink some kind of multi-picture deal with MacFarlane.  Ted grossed $219 million domestically, and was made on a production budget of only $50 million.   In the immortal words of songstress / wise man Beyoncé Knowles, “Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it”.  

Source: /Film

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