MacFarlane, who took to the Dolby Theatre stage on Sunday as host of the 2013 Oscars, has more than his fair share of projects lined up following his big Academy Awards debut. From a sequel to his hit comedy “Ted” to a live-action Western and beyond, the future looks to be very bright and very busy indeed for the sharp-tongued comedian.
Read on for a rundown of what MacFarlane’s planning next!
“Ted 2″: Did you enjoy seeing Mark Wahlberg on stage with his trash-talking teddy bear pal? If so, good — because you haven’t seen the last of them. A “Ted” sequel is already in the works, with Wahlberg confirming a September start-date for the follow-up. Thunder buddies for everyone!
“A Million Ways to Die in the West”: MacFarlane is already looking elsewhere beyond his “Ted” sequel, however. In fact, he’s looking west, as he prepares a live-action Western comedy called “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” MacFarlane will star in the film alongside Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried; and according to Deadline, MacFarlane will shop the project to studios in March.
More Animation: Even as his film career is on the upswing, MacFarlane still has plenty of small-screen irons in the fire. “Family Guy” is currently on its eleventh season and is likely to receive a twelfth season order, while “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad” continue to bring in solid ratings. MacFarlane’s planned “Flintstones” reboot will not move forward, however; it was shelved in April 2012 due to his increasingly busy schedule.
Fewer Oscars: Another Academy Awards hosting stint is not likely to be in MacFarlane’s future. Though he tried his best to heed Captain Kirk’s warning and course-correct the future, reviews haven’t been kind on MacFarlane’s Oscar performance. A HuffingtonPost.com headline states he was “Best When He Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny,” while Time labeled his performance an “American Dud.” Ouch! Perhaps Amy Poelher and Tina Fey will get the 2014 Oscars gig after all!
“The Music Man”: Okay, so that’s just wishful thinking. But did you see MacFarlane singing and dancing on that stage? Even if you weren’t wowed by his jokes, MacFarlane surely impressed you with his vocal chops. It’s time for the director-writer-actor to take his talents to the movie musical, and there’s no better role than River City’s resident instrument-slinger and con-man, Harold Hill. If not “The Music Man,” then “How to Succeed in Business” or another musical with a snake-oil lead would do the trick. Either way, the man needs a musical. Hollywood, make it happen!