The Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane who will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles has set up his feature film follow-up to Ted. MacFarlane’s next feature film directing gig is a live-action western comedy called A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, MacFarlane plans to direct and star in the live-action film, which is said to be in the vein of Blazing Saddles.
Seth MacFarlane experienced a meteoric rise to fame because of his first feature film, the live-action/CG comedy Ted grossing a little over $500 million in its theatrical run.
The forthcoming film is described as
a Western with contemporary humor, with one undercurrent being just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.
I find it interesting that he also plans to star in the live-action film. This would be the first time MacFarlane has been in front of the camera without some sort of animation driving his character (he played the titular teddy bear using motion-capture technology).
The company that backed Ted when few others would do so, Media Rights Capital is also behind this offbeat comedy.
The script penned by Ted/Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild calls for a romantic female lead.
A Ted sequel is still in early development, and it appears that MacFarlane has shown a willingness on doing A Million Ways to Die in the West next summer.