Crazy or Genius? James Franco and Three's Company

Remember the theme song from Three's Company?  "Come and knock on our door, We've been waiting for you, Where the kisses are hers and hers and his, Three's company, too! Come and dance on our floor, Take a step that is new, We've a loveable space that needs your face, Three's company, too! You'll see that life is a ball again and laughter is callin' for you, Down at our rendezvous, Three's company, too!"  It looks as if we might possibly see that sitcom revived in some wacko new version starring James Franco. According to TV Guide and other sources, this won't be a television remake, but rather a possible feature-length movie version and, here's the kicker, an off-Broadway play.

I used to work for the company that produced and then syndicated Three's Company, but even before then I was a big fan of the sitcom about a man living with two women and all the shenanigans that followed.  I recall it being one of my dad's favorite TV comedies too.  John Ritter's physical humor was a primary reason we loved the show, and the original supporting cast was perfect -- Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow, Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood, Richard Kline as Larry Dallas, Norman Fell as Stanley Roper, and Audra Lindley as Helen Roper.  The later supporting cast was just as much fun -- Don Knotts as Ralph Furley, Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow, and Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden. 

Would James Franco do justice to the role of Jack Tripper?  He paid homage to the character at the Sundance Film Festival, which is what led to all this speculation of future Three's Company projects.  Would the movie and play be faithful adaptations of the original, capturing the pratfalls, mistaken situations, and double entendres that made the sitcom such a guilty pleasure?  Or will it be a bizarre new interpretation -- a drama or perhaps an artsy metafictional reboot?  Don't mess this up, Mr. Franco!


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