Sony Pictures’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the short film Pixels is finally moving towards a production start. The studio teamed up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to adapt Patrick Jean’s short film of the same name three years ago, but movement on the video game-themed project has been slow. Now, after setting family friendly filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 and 2) to direct last year, Josh Gad and Kevin James are in line to possibly lead the pic as champion arcade gamers who are needed to help defeat alien attacks who have an affinity for 80s arcade games. Hit the jump for more, including the original short.
[Update: The Wrap adds that Sandler will also be leading the cast of Pixels with Jennifer Aniston in the mix for the female lead, though scheduling may ultimately prevent her from signing on.]
Though Adam Sandler will next be seen on the big screen in another one of his familiar-looking comedies, Blended, the actor actually has a few interesting dramatic roles on the horizon. One such role is in The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy’s new film The Cobbler, and the first image of Sandler in the film has been released online. Sandler plays a lonely, modern day cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy, who most recently helmed the Paul Giamatti-fronted Win Win, but the pairing of the filmmaker with Sandler is certainly promising.
Hit the jump to take a look at the first image. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Method Man, and Dan Stevens.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for director Frank Coraci’s (Click) upcoming romantic comedy Blended. The film stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as two single parents who, after vowing never to see each other following a disastrous blind date, end up booking the same African safari vacation and are forced to share a suite with each other’s families. The film is very much in the vein of Sandler’s other recent string of comedies (it starts out with a pretty sick gross-out gag), but Sandler and Barrymore’s previous collaborations turned out pretty well with The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, so hopefully Blended can follow more in their footsteps. It also doesn’t hurt to add the very funny Terry Crews to the mix.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, and Joel McHale. Blended opens on May 23rd.
Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children. Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.” Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.
Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute. No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.
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.
With his upcoming directorial feature Labor Day screening in Toronto, news is already breaking about Jason Reitman’s next effort. It looks like Reitman will write and direct an adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel, Men, Women & Children. Financed by Indian Paintbrush, the film would follow a “family with junior high school students [that] deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away.” None of the parties are locked in at this point, but the possible talent lined up both behind and in front of the camera makes this one worth watching. Hit the jump for more.
Following their romantic comedy team-ups in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will once again reunite, though now with a brand new title. Previously named Blended, the movie has been changed to The Familymoon. The story centers on “a couple who, after disastrous blind date, are stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.” You can pretty much fill in the blanks on the rest of the story from there. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directs from an original script from Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. Deadline reported on the title change citing marketing’s preference for the new moniker. Hit the jump for more on the casting news.
This morning’s box office has a ‘good news, bad news’ kind of vibe. On the one hand, overall earnings were up significantly over 2012 thanks to the two sequels at the top of chart. The not-so-good news was for fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. With an estimated $38.3 million from 3,275 runs, the original action pic came in third behind Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2.
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|| Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
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Adam Sandler (Grown Ups) is set to star in Hello Ghost, a Universal remake of a Korean supernatural comedy. The story centers on “a man who, after he tries to kill himself, is plagued by the arrival of four ghosts. They won’t won’t leave him in peace until he helps them amend their past by granting them one wish.” Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will direct the picture from a Karen Croner (Admission) script. Sandler will next appear in Grown Ups 2 on July 12th while Columbus is in talks to direct the feature-length animated picture, Pixels. Hit the jump for more, including news on an upcoming comedy starring Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Liam Hemsworth’s (The Hunger Games) newest picture.
A new international trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 has been released online, and it’s got everything: ugly mother jokes, deer piss, David Spade in a tire, a Shaq nut shot, and the classic “fat guy jumps naked into a lake” gag. The story appears to revolve around a rivalry between Sandler’s “old guys” gang and a group of stereotypical frat boys who live near Sandler’s cabin. It’s hard to believe there’s an audience out there for a sequel like this, but with the first film making over $270 million worldwide, it would appear that there are plenty of people eager to see more Grown Ups.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Taylor Lautner, and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2. I hate myself for saying this, but I actually got a few chuckles out of the trailer. After you get past the deer piss, there are a couple of ridiculous cameos from Shaquille O’Neal and Andy Samberg that are nice throwbacks to the zany Adam Sandler movies of old. There’s also a nice flip on the “hot girl car trouble” scene from the first film. And believe it or not, this might be a role that Lautner was Taylor-made for (sorry).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars also Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
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 and director Frank Coraci are set to team up for a fourth time on an untitled romantic comedy for Warner Bros. The two previously collaborated on Click, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy; Coraci also directed the Kevin James-starrer Zookeeper, which Sandler produced. The pic centers on “a couple who, after disastrous blind date, are stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.” Ivan Menchell (Jonas) and Claire Sera penned the original script and is undergoing a rewrite by Rodney Rothman (Grudge Match). Variety reports that Happy Madison will produce and the studio is now seeking its female lead before production begins this May.
While the 85th Academy Awards will honor the very best of what 2012 had to offer in film tonight, the opposite end of the spectrum (supposedly) has been singled out this morning. The Razzie Awards named The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 the Worst Picture of 2012, handing the film a total of seven awards including Worst Director for Bill Condon, Worst Screen Couple for Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy, and Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart (she shared this award with her work in Snow White and the Huntsman). Though I’m not the biggest fan of the franchise, if you think Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was the worst film of 2012 then you need to see more movies; the pic almost kind of works because of Condon’s direction, not in spite of it, and the final battle scene is legitimately entertaining.
Elsewhere at the Razzies, Adam Sandler was named Worst Actor for That’s My Boy and Rihanna “won” Worst Supporting Actress for Battleship. Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.
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.