Dec 4, 201209:05 AMThe Telegraph
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Coming Soon: 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'
We’ve often been told that, deep down in their hearts, everybody who’s ever directed a movie, or hopes to someday direct a movie, really would like to direct a western. So we’re not entirely surprised to hear that Seth MacFarlane -— who made his feature filmmaking debut this past summer with the smash hit Ted — is a-hankerin’ to direct his very own sagebrush saga.
Of course, we’re also not surprised that he wants to make a western comedy in the tradition of Blazing Saddles. After all, McFarlane — the multitalented actor, singer, animator, screenwriter and television producer who’ll be hosting the Academy Awards this spring — is the mastermind behind such popular animated TV sitcoms as Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show.
Unlike those shows, however, A Million Ways to Die in the West is going to be a live-action comedy, just like Ted. (Well, maybe not exactly like Ted –- that one was about a talking teddy bear –- but you get the general idea.) It’s described as “a western with contemporary humor, with one undercurrent being just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.” MacFarlane plans to play the lead role in addition to serving as director and co-writer. Shooting is tentatively set to start in Summer 2013.