Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are set to reunite onscreen once again. Sandler recently committed to starring in an untitled romantic comedy for Warner Bros. with his Click director Frank Coraci at the helm, and now Variety reports that Barrymore has signed on to play the female lead. The story centers on “a couple who, after disastrous blind date, are stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.” Sandler and Barrymore previously starred together in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, two of Sandler’s better comedic films, so hopefully the two can cook up something special again for their third go-around. Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera wrote the script, and production is set to get underway in May.
Adam Sandler has signed on to star in an untitled romantic comedy (formerly titled Blended) set up at Warner Bros. The story follows “a man and a woman who, after a disastrous first date, get trapped at a family resort with their kids from previous marriages in tow.” Believe it or not, a romance starts to develop. At one pre-Sandler point Sandra Bullock was attached. Now, THR hears Drew Barrymore is emerging as the frontrunner to play the female lead, which would form a nice Sandler/Barrymore trilogy following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
There is no director on board yet, but Sandler has decided to make this his next project under the Happy Madison banner. That means The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy Sandler is attached to, will be put on hold for the time being. I’d rather see Sandler out of his comfort zone in the Western genre than find another excuse to film at a vacation spot. But we have been charmed by the Sandler/Barrymore team in the past, so let’s hope this is the one where Sandler turns it around.
“End of the World” dramas are apparently all the rage at the moment, and Drew Barrymore is looking to get in on the action. THR reports that Barrymore has closed a deal to direct an end of the world pic called The End at Warner Bros. The humanistic drama will focus on the lives of several people as they spend their last day on Earth, and is meant to be “a meditation not on death but on life.” Seeking a Friend for the End of the World tried a similar approach, but threw in a bit more romance and comedy than I assume we’ll see in The End. Hit the jump for more details.
Big Miracle (opening in theaters on February 3rd) is inspired by the incredible true story of a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle, and how an entire Alaskan community fought to save them, with the help of rival world superpowers. Animal lover and outspoken environmentalist Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) is made aware of the harrowing situation when her small-town news reporter ex-boyfriend Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) makes a report that ends up going global. Soon, everyone from an oil tycoon to heads of state to ambitious journalists descend upon Barrow, Alaska, in order to unite and free the whales in time.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski talked about how unbelievable and impossible this moving true story seemed, reuniting with director Ken Kwapis, and what they loved about working with each other. Barrymore also talked about staying positive in a business that it’s so easy to become cynical in, while Krasinski talked about his desire to direct again and the currently untitled project he’s developing with Matt Damon, for Gus Van Sant to direct. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Universal has released the first trailer for Ken Kwapis’ feel-good whale-rescue movie Big Miracle. Formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales” (not a great title, but far more informative than the generic “Big Miracle”), the story is inspired by the true story of a group effort to get three gray whales back to the ocean after they’re trapped under ice from the Arctic Circle. Combined with Dolphin Tale and Shark Night, it looks like people are ready to care about sea life again.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Root, and Ted Danson. Big Miracle opens February 3, 2012.
Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct/produce the young adult thriller Heist Society for Warner Bros. Based on the novel by Ally Carter, Heist Society tells the story of Katarina Bishop, a young woman who embraces her family’s history of cat burglary and general thievery so as to clear her father’s name in a case regarding a mobster’s missing art collection. Barrymore will re-team with Whip It scribe Shauna Cross who will pen the adaptation under Barrymore’s supervision.
In addition to Heist Society, Barrymore is also attached to direct the adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel How To Be Single for New Line. It is believed that the director will take on Heist Society after wrapping How To Be Single. For more on the former, check out a synopsis of Carter’s novel after the jump.
Drew Barrymore is poised to make her second feature as a director (after 2009’s Whip It) with the adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel How to Be Single. The romantic comedy follows the “love lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the span of ten years.” Barrymore recently spoke a bit about the project:
“This has a very wide palette that I really really like. I’m so interested in so many different types of people and lifestyles that there is kind of a lovely mosaic, like a little bit for everybody.”
The screenwriting team from He’s Just Not That Into You, Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, are set to script the film. Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen (who also produced He’s Just Not That Into You) will produce. Hit the jump for more from Barrymore, including why How to Be Single is not really a romantic comedy, and a synopsis of the novel.
Actress/producer/director Drew Barrymore is poised to helm her second feature film with an adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel How to Be Single. The New Line romantic comedy follows the “love lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the span of ten years.” THR reports that Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn (Valentine’s Day) will script the adaptation.
This marks a reunion of sorts for the team that put together last year’s He’s Just Not That Into You, with Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen producing, and the screenwriting team of Silverstein and Kohn once again writing the adaptation. Barrymore made her directorial debut with 2009’s Whip It starring Ellen Page and Kristin Wiig, which was met with rather warm critical praise. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel by Liz Tuccillo.
Since the project was first announced, Sony Pictures Television has searched far and wide for the three young actresses to star in the ABC series reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) was cast last week — Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) are in negotiations to join her.
Drew Barrymore, star of the recent Charlie’s Angels feature films, will produce through her Flower Films banner. Executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) wrote the pilot script. Hit the jump for character descriptions for the three girls.
Charlie Day is an actor, writer and producer whose comedic talent has earned him legions of fans, as a result of his role on the TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The R-rated romantic comedy Going the Distance is his first major feature film role, in which he plays the sweet and earnest best friend and roommate of Justin Long’s character, Garrett. When Garrett enters into a long distance relationship with Erin (Drew Barrymore), Dan (Day) tries to help them along by taking advantage of the fact that the walls in their apartment are paper thin, and either comments through them or plays music that he feels suits the occasion.
During an exclusive interview with Collider at the film’s press day, Charlie Day talked about making the transition into feature film roles and the difference in being involved with something where the pressure is not on him. He also gave a preview of Season 6 of Sunny, talked about working with Jennifer Aniston on Horrible Bosses, finding a way to enjoy the mutual awkwardness of on screen nudity and said that the film will definitely have an R rating. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Going the Distance is an R-rated romantic comedy that tells the story of what can happen when a one-night stand turns into something more. When Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) hook up, they never intend to end up in a long distance relationship that has her in San Francisco and him in New York City. But despite being on opposite coasts and having friends and family who are against them, the couple think they just might have found the real thing.
At a press conference for the film, co-stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, who have also shared their own real-life romance, talked about making the raunchy new comedy, filming the phone sex scene and getting that on screen first kiss just right. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Opening September 3rd is New Line Cinema’s Going the Distance. The romantic comedy stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston, Jim Gaffigan, Kelli Garner, Rob Riggle, and Christina Applegate. The premise is Drew Barrymore and Justin Long meet and spend a summer together, and while neither expects it to last when Barrymore has to move back to San Francisco, the new couple decides to try and make a long distance relationship work even though their family and friends are against it.
While I think almost every angle on the romantic comedy has been played out, with the R rating and Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis playing Justin Long’s friends, I’m hoping for some honest and raw dialogue that will make this rom-com worth watching. Also, never underestimate Drew Barrymore’s appeal, as women love her. Anyway, we’ve been given eight clips from the movie and some images, so hit the jump to check them out – along with a more detailed synopsis:
Kristen Bell is in negotiations to join John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in the upcoming Universal film, Whales. Directed by Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You), Whales tells the story of a reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who try to save trapped gray whales under the arctic circle in 1988. The story is based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event. According to THR, Bell will play a LA reporter striving for fame who thinks her looks are her greatest asset.
The actress was last seen in When in Rome and will next be seen co-starring with Betty White and Sigourney Weaver in You Again, which will hit theaters this September.
It was recently announced that the upcoming tenth season of Smallville will be its swan song, but show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar won’t be anywhere near the small Kansas town at the time of the signoff. The duo, who left the Superman series after season seven, will head over to ABC to assume scripting duties for the Charlie’s Angels reboot in development at the network. Gough and Millar will replace Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), under whose guide the remake was targeting a Fall 2010 launch. With Gough and Millar on board, Angels could descend upon ABC by midseason. According to The Live Feed, Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen are producing.
To get a taste of the original 1976 series, hit the jump.
The first trailer for Going the Distance, starring real life on and off again-ers Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, is making its rounds online. The romantic comedy follows the story of a summer fling that extends into a full-on long distance relationship.
Not exactly your cup of tea? Give it a shot. I was about to turn off the trailer when Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) popped in and saved the day (pun intended. I apologize.). The film will be the first fictional feature by Oscar-nominated, documentary director Nanette Burstein (American Teen, The Kid Stays in the Picture) and has an excellent supporting cast including Day, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, Jim Gaffigan, and Rob Riggle.
The film hits theaters on August 27th, 2010. Just in time for you to end your summer fling. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and to check out the trailer: