After years of writing and directing animated TV shows, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is about to step behind the camera on his first ever live action feature film. According to Deadline New York, Universal has picked up an R-rated comedy that he has written called Ted, about a man and his teddy bear. The bear will be brought to life through CG and will be voiced by MacFarlane himself, who will also direct the film. The movie is budgeted at $65 million.
Considering how much money MacFarlane has made for Fox over the years, it seems a bit odd that the movie would end up at a different studio. Apparently Fox had an issue with the hard R-rating. Unfortunately, this could now lead to complications as Universal wants to get it into production as soon as possible, but they will have to work around MacFarlane’s duties on Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. I’ve never been a big fan of MacFarlane’s animated shows, but this seems like a logical step for him and I’ll be curious to see what he can do in a mostly live action setting. The obvious comparison is Mike Judge, who has definitely gone on to make some decent feature films. Do you think Seth MacFarlane has what it takes to direct his own movie?