“Family Guy” creator and “Ted” mastermind, Seth MacFarlane, is directing a new comedy movie, “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” Not only will MacFarlane be wearing the director’s hat during the new release, but he will also be taking on a lead role.
MacFarlane teamed up with co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild to write the script for “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” The trio was the creative genius behind the 2012 release, “Ted.”
Charlize Theron is rumored to be taking the role opposite MacFarlane in the new western comedy. She is now in her final negotiations to seal the deal.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a tale of a scared farmer who backs out of a gunfight. His girlfriend leaves him over the cowardly turn of events. The farmer meets the wife of an outlaw who teaches him how to shoot. As the farmer works with the woman to learn how to win his love back, he begins to fall in love with the married shooting instructor instead. The dastardly hubby returns home to witness the changes since his departure and takes his stand on the situation, causing hilarious chaos.
There are no reports so far on which role Charlize Theron will take on but it is assumed that she will wear the hat of the wife. It will be a different role for the Oscar-winner. Her past roles have taken the path into a darker, gloomier environment. If Theron chooses to bring her talents to the role in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” it could mean she will pass on the role for P.T. Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” where she would have conflicting schedules since the two films begin shooting around the same month.
If “A Million Ways to Die in the West” turns out anything like “Ted” in terms of comedy, we could have a new “Blazing Saddles” classic comedy film.
Production of "A Million Ways to Die in the West" begins in May 2013. Look for the release of the new western comedy in the summer of 2014.