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'I Spy' Eddie Murphy; the Farrellys Bring Back the Stooges

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Jul 24, 2001 | 6:23am EDT

Two big-screen tributes to popular TV series are on the horizon.

Owen Wilson ("Meet The Parents," "Shanghai Noon") has signed a deal to star with Eddie Murphy in Columbia Pictures' comedy "I Spy," directed by Betty Thomas ("The Brady Bunch"). And sibling writer-directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly will create an original story for a Warner Bros. Studios picture about the Three Stooges.

'I Spy' will be loosely based on the NBC TV series that aired from 1965-68 and starred Bill Cosby and Robert Culp. The film version revolves around a top secret government agent (Wilson) assigned to recover a missing jet with the help of a professional athlete (Murphy) who is pressed into service. Shooting has not yet been scheduled.

Wilson, who played Kevin Rawley (Teri Polo's former beau) in "Meet the Parents," has a full plate this year. He is currently shooting "The Royal Tenenbaums" for the Walt Disney Co. and recently wrapped a starring role with Gene Hackman in "Behind Enemy Lines." Murphy was in last year's "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" and will be seen in "Dr. Dolittle II" being released this year.

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE STOOGES:

Those wacky Farrelly brothers are at it again. The masterminds behind the comedies "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber" have confirmed they plan to make a movie based on the most beloved slapstick characters of all time -- Larry, Moe and Curly.

Warner Bros. Studios announced on Friday that the film would not be based on a particular Stooges story line. The Farrellys plan to write the project after they wrap production on 20th Century Fox's "Shallow Hall."

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