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.
Is Adam Sandler Finally Widening His Circle Of Filmmakers? Teams With Chris Columbus On ‘Hello Ghost’ Redo
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Croner has been set to script Hello Ghost, the film inspired by the Korean comedy about a man whose failed suicide attempt allows him to see ghosts who haunt him until he grants each of them one wish. Chris Columbus will direct a film that will be financed by CJ Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with Columbus and his 1492 banner. Columbus set Hello Ghost up in February 2011 with Next Entertainment World, the Korean distributor and financier. Croner, who’d been known for dramas that included the Meryl Streep-starrer One True Thing, continues to make a switch to comedy. She scripted Admission, which Paul Weitz will direct with Tina Fey starring, and Croner just finished Kiss and Tango for Jennifer Lopez and producer Denise DiNovi at Fox 2000. She’s repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Columbus will develop to direct a remake of the Korean film Hello Ghost. The project has been set with Next Entertainment World, the Korean distributor and financier. After a young man tries to kill himself, he’s haunted by four ghosts. They won’t stop haunting him until he helps each of them fulfill one wish. Columbus will produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Columbus is a fan of Korean cinema and sparked to the film’s English language remake potential of a film that’s a box office hit in Korea. “After watching Hello Ghost I was immediately struck by the film’s ability to mix comedy, drama and complex emotional themes,” Columbus said in a statement. “Its strong universal storyline translates to any culture, and I’m looking forward to bringing a version of this wonderful story to the English-speaking audience.”
Said Kyungik Jang, VP of NEW: “We have gladly accepted his offer knowing that he is the guru of family comedy films, and someone who has a solid fan base throughout all ages.” Columbus was repped by WME and made the deal with Finecut CEO Youngjoo Suh. Columbus last directed Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and 1492′s producing the screen adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett bestseller The Help.