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”.