James Franco bringing 'Three's Company' off-Broadway
February 5th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

James Franco bringing 'Three's Company' off-Broadway

James Franco is at it again. The Oscar nominee/host has taken on yet another quirky project, this one an off-Broadway play based on the '70s sitcom "Three's Company."

The idea for the play grew out of Franco's recent Sundance Film Festival art installation, "Three's Company: A Drama," in which the show's first three episodes were given a dramatic movie makeover and then screened in a re-creation of the characters' living room.

"The 'Three's Company' people contacted us like, 'What's going on?'" Franco, 32, tells MTV News. "They were like, 'Yes, we've been trying to figure out ways of bringing [the show] back in some form or another. We want to do more projects with you.' So now, we're planning — and this is serious — 'Three's Company,' the off-Broadway play."

It will be "probably a couple years" before the stage show gets off the ground, says Franco, as it will be based on a completely new storyline.

"I think it needs to be developed a little more," he says of the play's concept, "something a little different but connected to the original."

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