Instead, MacFarlane is going to tackle the tough territory of the comedy western with "A Million Ways To Die In The West." He has re-teamed with his "Ted" co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, along with backers Media Rights Capital, for a "Blazing Saddles"-style picture set in the 1800s with "contemporary humor" and a particular focus on just how "painful and dangerous" life was back then. MacFarlane will star, presumably in human form and not as animated horse or something, with a role available for a romantic female lead as well.
The movie isn't linked up to a distributor just yet, but we'd wager folks will be circling, particularly if MacFarlane goes over like gangbusters at the Dolby Theater in a couple of months. Plans are to shoot the movie next summer, but the multi-hyphenate won't be stepping away entirely from the small screen. He's booked a guest role on "The Simpsons" for next fall on an episode titled "Dangers On A Train." He'll play Ben, a man who romances Marge after she mistakenly logs into an Ashley Madison-type website, and they bond over a shared interest in the hit PBS show "Upton Rectory" (ha ha). [THR/E!]