Seth MacFarlane Plans Western Comedy As ‘Ted’ Follow-Up

By Hannah Soo Park

It’s been a pretty good year for Seth MacFarlane. On top of keeping his hit TV series, he’s managed to make box office magic out of a talking teddy bear film and nab the illustrious Oscars hosting gig. While the TV mastermind could take a moment to bask in all the success, it looks like he’s not resting anytime soon—the newly-minted film writer and director is now looking to lend his signature absurd humor to a Western comedy flick.

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reports that MacFarlane’s follow-up to “Ted will be “A Million Ways to Die In The West,” which he scripted with “Ted” co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Plot details are few to none right now, but the project has been described as a “’Blazing Saddles’-style” movie” with a humorous take on “just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.” And what’s “Blazing Saddles” without a seductress? We’ve also been told that the script calls for a romantic female lead.

Sources say that on top of co-writing and directing, MacFarlane also plans to star in the film. Assuming that he’ll make an appearance in human form, this would be MacFarlane’s first live-action appearance. The mastermind of voices has had past movie roles in the form of animated creatures (a stuffed teddy bear in “Ted” and Johann Krauss in Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”). You know, not that we’d mind if he’d take on an animated snarky buffalo.

This isn’t the only film project MacFarlane will be adding to his resume. Along with making a “Ted” sequel, he’s also reportedly working on bringing “Family Guy” to the big screen.

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is scheduled for a summer 2013 opening.