Perhaps some good has come out of Grown Ups 2 after all. Following the comedy sequel’s release, Adam Sandler started eyeing some more mature fare by way of Jason Reitman’s next film, Men, Women & Children, and now he’s adding yet another dramatic picture to his slate. THR reports that Sandler is in talks to star in Tom McCarthy’s (The Visitor) next film, the indie drama The Cobbler. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the story apparently revolves around a modern day cobbler “who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.” Hit the jump for more, including an update on McCarthy’s Catholic Church sex scandal film.
McCarthy has a penchant for character-driven films like Win Win and The Station Agent, so we can reasonably assume that the fantastical elements of The Cobbler will be handled delicately. McCarthy was initially prepping the Boston Globe Catholic Church scandal film Spotlight as his next project, but THR adds that the film has been pushed to next year due to difficulties casting the lead and the lack of a studio; it was initially set up at DreamWorks.
The plan now is for Sandler to shoot The Cobbler before moving on to Reitman’s film, making for a very promising pair of back-to-back dramas for the actor. Though Sandler shined with more dramatic roles in Punch-Drunk Love and even Funny People, he retreated back to more juvenile comedies in recent years. Sandler will next be seen alongside his 50 First Dates co-star Drew Barrymore in the family comedy The Familymoon, which opens in theaters next May.