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A Three's Company movie is actually going to happen

04.20.2016

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There was a time in the mid-90s where movies based on once-popular television properties were all the rage. There were a few successes in there like THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE and a pair of ADDAMS FAMILY flicks, but, if you sift through the rubble, you'll find more duds like THE HONEYMOONERS, LOST IN SPACE, BEWITCHED and so on and so forth than real gems that have stood the test of time. But, as we all know, show business is cyclical, and what is old is new again. That means more TV adaptations the last few years - DARK SHADOWS, 21 JUMP STREET, etc. All it takes is one hit to send the studios looking under rocks for the next old thing they might be able to dust off and find some money in, which is the only explanation I really have for the news that New Line is hoping to secure the rights to THREE'S COMPANY in order to make a movie based on its premise. 

Oh, for the love of God...

New Line has tapped Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who penned HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU back in 2009, to hammer out the screenplay that is said to take place in the 70s, much like the original THREE'S COMPANY television series. Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with what THREE'S COMPANY was about, it revolved around a young 20-something guy named Jack Tripper, who found a roommate situation where he'd be living with two women. However, at that time, inter-gender cohabitation was hardly the norm it is today, and, in order to convince his landlords that no funny business would be going on, he had to pretend to be gay. What would then follow is plenty of sexual innuendo and miscommunication that would send the show's characters into your typical sitcom hijinks on an episodic basis. 

Now the problem one should see with a THREE'S COMPANY adaptation today, even if it is set in yesteryear, is that none of what made the show work then is particularly funny by our standards and sensibilities in 2016. Guys and girls share apartments for all sorts of reasons, whether it's because they're in a relationship or good friends looking for a situation to save some money. In addition, pretending to be gay in order to gain some sort of advantage could easily be seen as offensive to anyone struggling to find acceptance in their own homosexual realities. Besides, Jack Tripper had to play up his "gayness" to cartoonish levels, in order to keep his landlords from asking any further questions, and that type of portrayal wouldn't exactly fly right now. 

A THREE'S COMPANY movie is chock full of issues that I'm not sure anyone here has thought through, setting off huge red flags around every facet of this idea. Granted, THREE'S COMPANY was hilarious in its day, and, as someone who watched plenty of reruns of the show growing up, it held up remarkably well, with John Ritter turning out something amazing every episode. But for people being exposed to the property in this way, I can't see this working out well in the end at all. 

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5:40PM on 04/21/2016
Absolutely NOT! Hollywood is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Absolutely NOT! Hollywood is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
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7:49AM on 04/21/2016
Two words: Harem anime.
Two words: Harem anime.
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12:49AM on 04/21/2016
I bet they turn it into a hard R sex comedy starring Zac Efron.
I bet they turn it into a hard R sex comedy starring Zac Efron.
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11:07PM on 04/20/2016
This would be great, and a 70's tv show could work (just ask the stars of That 70's Show). The only reason I could see for it not happening is that John Ritter has passed away, and without him why bother?
This would be great, and a 70's tv show could work (just ask the stars of That 70's Show). The only reason I could see for it not happening is that John Ritter has passed away, and without him why bother?
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10:56AM on 04/21/2016
I don't think Ritter would've been cast if he had been alive. They'll obviously cast people in their 20s or early 30s.
I don't think Ritter would've been cast if he had been alive. They'll obviously cast people in their 20s or early 30s.
5:16PM on 04/20/2016
Susan Summers really had one hell of a rack, didn't she?
Susan Summers really had one hell of a rack, didn't she?
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5:29PM on 04/20/2016
Without question.
Without question.
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5:11PM on 04/20/2016
Only if it stars Bill Nighy, Helen Mirrin and Blythe Danner in the leads
Only if it stars Bill Nighy, Helen Mirrin and Blythe Danner in the leads
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4:59PM on 04/20/2016
"A Three's Company movie is actually going to happen"
Of course it is.
Doesn't mean anyone will pay to see it though.
"A Three's Company movie is actually going to happen"
Of course it is.
Doesn't mean anyone will pay to see it though.
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4:49PM on 04/20/2016

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4:44PM on 04/20/2016
If a movie takes place in another decade, there's nothing wrong about it showing retrograde standars. That would be like banning a movie that takes place before the Civil War for having the "N" word. I won't mind the gay aspect, as long as its made clear that it was something of the time and that the characters aren't actually homophobic (maybe a gay supporting character shows up and everyone treats him like a person?).

The show was very theatrical, even for a sitcom, with the constant jokes
If a movie takes place in another decade, there's nothing wrong about it showing retrograde standars. That would be like banning a movie that takes place before the Civil War for having the "N" word. I won't mind the gay aspect, as long as its made clear that it was something of the time and that the characters aren't actually homophobic (maybe a gay supporting character shows up and everyone treats him like a person?).

The show was very theatrical, even for a sitcom, with the constant jokes about misunderstandings. Well, many farces and screwball comedies have worked and still work in the big screen. It doesn't even need to be a JUMP STREET type of parody (that worked because the show was a drama).
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4:31PM on 04/20/2016
You make several cogent points about this proposed future release. I anticipate that New Line will have to alter Three's Company. However, the studio might not encounter problems. For several reasons. One, many modern movie-goers are unfamiliar with Three's Company. Therefore, they will not mind if a new movie violates old canon. Two, many modern movie-goers are either unfamiliar with history, or they do not mind its revision. Thus, the movie's 1970s can be much less homophobic and sexist than
You make several cogent points about this proposed future release. I anticipate that New Line will have to alter Three's Company. However, the studio might not encounter problems. For several reasons. One, many modern movie-goers are unfamiliar with Three's Company. Therefore, they will not mind if a new movie violates old canon. Two, many modern movie-goers are either unfamiliar with history, or they do not mind its revision. Thus, the movie's 1970s can be much less homophobic and sexist than the actual decade and the television art reflecting it. Three, New Line might not give two figs about the actual Three's Company. Perhaps, sans sentimentality, the studio wants merely to exploit the famous title; therefore, their movie can be anything vaguely resembling the source material; it need not be faithful at all. Four, art must constantly become something new, and license is inevitable in this healthy process. The next Three's Company need not necessarily be a divisive political statement (and, for some, correction) or exploitive money-grab. It could witty artistic experimentation such as 21 Jump Street.
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