Actor set up a temporary art-installation ode to classic sitcom at Sundance Film Festival.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Late last month, James Franco swept into the Sundance Film Festival with a temporary art-installation ode to "Three's Company," re-creating episodes from the old ABC sitcom and projecting them on four walls as viewers reclined in a reconstruction of the show's living-room set.
It was bizarre, to say the least. And in the future, folks who didn't attend Sundance might have a chance to take in a similarly off-kilter take on "Three's Company," courtesy, once again, of Franco. That's because the 32-year-old actor is planning a stage adaptation of the sitcom.
"When we came here, then the 'Three's Company' people contacted us like, 'What's going on?' " Franco explained to MTV News at Sundance. "So we had a talk with them, and they realized what we're doing is a cool thing. Otherwise, there's no other circumstance where 'Three's Company' would ever play at the Sundance Film Festival.
"They were like, 'Yes, we've been trying to figure out ways of bringing it back in some form or another. We want to do more projects with you,' " Franco added. "So now, we're planning — and this is serious — 'Three's Company,' the off-Broadway play."
But don't start lining up for tickets just yet. While Franco promises that the play will one day become a reality, it's not going to happen anytime soon. "Probably a couple years," he said.
Unlike the Sundance installation, though, the play won't be a script re-creation of actual episodes. "I think it needs to be developed a little more, something a little different but connected to the original," he said.
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