James Franco's New Art Involves Three's Company

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In his never-ending mission to surprise us, James Franco's new project tackles the classic '70s sitcom Three's Company.

The Sundance Institute's New Frontier program highlights "work that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the moving image." These include "feature films, media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, panel discussions, and more." James Franco's project, titled Three's Company: The Drama is described as a "multi-media examination of the classic 70s sit-com. "

Before you laugh, consider this: Three's Company is actually a form of entertainment that has its roots in farce. The 17th century playwright Molière, who is considered to be a master of comedy, employed the same kind of jokes you'd find on Three's Company: Dirty innuendos! Puns! Wordplay! Mistaken identities! Misunderstandings stemming from eavesdropping! Mixed-up suitcases! There's certainly drama to be found, and James Franco is taking this seriously. According to his project's description:

Television has undoubtedly shaped our world: our increased exposure to dramatic entertainment, the shapes of our houses, the shape of the time in our day. In this piece James Franco hopes to pull television from the box and view it from "a slightly oblique perspective".

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Of course, anytime he wants to star in a remake — playing a new fangled some-think-he's-gay-but-he's-actually-straight Jack Tripper — we're ready to tune in.

A Step That Is New: James Franco Work Studies ‘Three's Company' [Arts Beat/NY Times]

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