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Now that Seth MacFarlane has one live action feature hit under his belt, the Family Guy creator is reportedly ready to move on to his next project, a Western comedy.
Sources for The Hollywood Reporter say that MacFarlane penned a script with his Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild called A Million Ways To Die. MacFarlane wants to star and direct the film, which sources say should be ready for summer 2013.
Media Rights Capital, which backed Ted, is also backing this project. Ted co-producer Scott Stuber will also co-produce.
THR notes that the film is said to be similar to Blazing Saddles, a Western with modern humor. A Million Ways To Die will put MacFarlane’s racy humor in the West, when life was hard during the late 1800s.
MacFarlane’s Ted, which was distributed by Universal, grossed a surprising $501 million worldwide and was made for just $50 million. Media Rights Capital is still trying to find a distributor for A Million Ways To Die.
MacFarlane will host the Oscars this February and recently discussed plans for a Family Guy movie.
“It’s just a matter of when,” MacFarlane said at UCLA. “It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.”