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Relativity Starts Production on New Farrelly/Wessler Comedy

Sketch-based feature in the vein of ‘Kentucky Fried Movie,” company claims

Relativity Media announced that it has begun production on a new untitled Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler comedy collaboration.

Co-produced by GreenStreet Films, the multi-sketch-based project was originally set up at Overture, but gained traction earlier this year when Relativity offered the filmmakers financing.

The film’s cast now includes Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslett and Patrick Warburton. Filmmakers also working on the film include Brett Ratner, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne.

As part of Farrelly and Wessler’s collaboration with Relativity, the movie has been retooled into a series of sketches with a unifying storyline, with the producers comparing the project to “Kentucky Fried Movie” and “Groove Tube.”

“We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie,” said Wessler, in a statement. “Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.”

Prevous Farrelly and Wessler collaborations include “There’s Something about Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Shallow Hal.”

Relativity has yet to announce a distribution partner for the film.