EXCLUSIVE: This week, Jack Giarraputo has been telling associates at studios like Sony and Paramount that he will retire after he finishes producing the Warner Bros comedy Blended, and after that the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels for Sony. The 46-year …
Is Adam Sandler Finally Widening His Circle Of Filmmakers? Teams With Chris Columbus On ‘Hello Ghost’ Redo
The news that Adam Sandler has attached himself to the Chris Columbus-directed remake of the Korean comedy Hello Ghost makes me hopeful that Sandler is going to finally begin to listen to the people at the studios releasing his movies, about widening the circle of filmmakers he works with. Let’s face it, the movies micromanaged by his Happy Madison banner have become too formulaic, and they seem to mostly please Razzies voters these days. I’m a fan of Sandler’s, I just haven’t wanted to see his films lately. I was not a fan of the first Grown-Ups, despite its box office success, and can’t imagine the sequel will rise above the level of derivative retread. Recent films — Jack And Jill being the low-water mark — hold no real promise of surprises like we’ve seen the first Hangover, Bridesmaids, Ted, or the just-opened This Is The End. Sandler has worked with filmmakers like Judd Apatow and Paul Thomas Anderson on more serious fare, but the Happy Madison comedy formula needs an overhaul. Columbus could help Sandler out of a rut. He too has made some stinkers, but Columbus has succeeded often enough — from the first two Home Alone films to Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone and others — to imagine he might help elevate Sandler’s game, if the star and his posse loosen the reins and trust the filmmaker. Hello Ghost has a script by One True Thing scribe Karen Croner, and Sandler will play a man whose failed suicide attempt allows him to see ghosts who haunt him until he grants each of them one wish. A promising premise, in the right hands.
Jay Leno is readying to exit stage left from NBC’s Tonight Show next February. So Adam Sandler was a guest Thursday and offered a little unsolicited advice about Leno’s post-Tonight plans. Of course, Sandler doesn’t mention that the problem is that Fox would have to get clearance for any late-night show from the affiliates who get to keep all the ad revenue from their late local news. Fox then might have to compensate them for any lost revenue. In other words, it’s complicated. Read the transcript after the jump:
We at Deadline toil all day to inform, entertain and occasionally turn a good phrase, but the stabs at creativity don’t stop with us. Our commenters can be a hard bunch, but some of them come up with some good lines that amuse us to no end. On the tail …
Nominees for the 33rd Annual RAZZIE® Awards, satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2012, include several Repeat Offenders, returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing in the one Tinsel Town trophy derby no one wants to win. Adam Sandler is back, following up his record-setting 2011 RAZZIE® “winner” JACK & JILL with an even more off-putting “family comedy,” THAT’S MY BOY. Focused on a scofflaw dad who fathered (then abandoned) a son with his 7th grade teacher, BOY amassed a total of 8 nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Sandler himself – while also grossing about half what JACK & JILL did. But Sandler’s misfire was topped by the final chapter in a franchise which has reliably racked up RAZZIE® nominations year-after-year: TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (or as RAZZIE® Wags call it, TWILIGHT: S.B.D. #2).
EXCLUSIVE: The title of Adam Sandler‘s next film will be Ridiculous 6, and it’s a comedy Western that Paramount Pictures has committed to put into production in April. This is the laffer that Sandler was going to make at Sony before Happy Madison Productions moved it to Paramount. The title is reminiscent of the 1960 United Artists pic The Magnificent Seven that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, the drama about seven gunfighters drafted to protect a Mexican town, so might this be a variation featuring inept gunslingers? The studio would not go beyond confirming the title and the terrain.
Sony Pictures Animation has released a longer theatrical trailer for Hotel Transylvania which features Adam Sandler voicing Dracula and Selena Gomez as his daughter Mavis plus Sandler’s That’s My Boy (ahem) co-star Andy Samberg as an intrusive human who stumbles upon the monster retreat. Genndy Tartakovsky, known …
Box Office Flops For Tom Cruise In ‘Rock Of Ages’ & Adam Sandler In ‘That’s My Boy’: ‘Madagascar 3′ & ‘Prometheus’ Hold #1 & #2
June 15-17 Weekend Actuals
1. Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Anim/Paramount) Week 2 [4,263 Theaters] PG
Friday $10M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.7M, Weekend $34.0M (-44%), Cume $119.0M
2. Prometheus (Fox) Week 2 [3,442 Theaters] R
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $7.8M, Sunday $7.2M Weekend $20.7M (-59%), Cume $89.4M
3. Rock Of Ages (New Line/Warner Bros) NEW [3,470 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.3M, Saturday $5.5M, Sunday $3.7M,
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 31, 2012 – Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison and Hasbro, Inc. are in final talks to develop Candy Land, a live action movie based on the bestselling Hasbro board game with Adam Sandler attached to star, it was jointly announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, Hannah Minghella, President of Production for Columbia Pictures, and Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO. Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct the project for the studio with Sandler and Robert Smigel are in talks to write the screenplay.
I’m certain that this George C Scott mash-up from the actor’s 1979 film Hardcore is going to become the new norm for evaluating today’s movie trailers: