Adam Sandler Attached to 'Narco', Offered Lead in '$40,000 Man'
After making a dumbed down version of The Big Chill with all his comedic buddies (but without any genuine heart), Adam Sandler is still going strong post-Grown Ups. His rom-com Just Go with It hits in February just in time for Valentine's Day and he'll be taking dual roles as brother and sister Jack & Jill with Al Pacino and Katie Holmes along for the ride. Now it looks like two more projects could get Sandler's talents in more ways than one. Pajiba reports that Sandler is attached to remake French comedy The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp and has also been offered the lead role in $40,000 Man, a gestating action comedy.
First, with regards to the remake, Sandler's version is going by the title Narco, because the story follows a man with narcolepsy who dreams of superheroes in action while he's passed out asleep. Sounds like a mix of Sandler's Bedtime Stories and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with a comic book twist. Sandler could certainly have fun with the concept, but his level of comedy lately has been sadly disappointing. If only he could return to the roots of such favorites as Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer. "Upright Citizens Brigade" director Clay Tarver is working on the script so hopefully he can give Sandler something great with which to work.
In addition, Sandler may be getting into some more action himself as the same report from Pajiba also says the actor has been offered the lead role in the long gestating $40,000 Man. The lampoon of the "Six Million Dollar Man" has been tossed around town for awhile and most recently had Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff attached to direct. But considering that news was three years ago, I highly doubt he's still connected to the project, especially considering the film (which was also rewritten by Zwigoff) apparently has a fresh new script from John Francis Daley, the young "Freaks and Geeks" star turned adult screenwriter. Of course it sounds like this project is just desperate for any big name talent since Pajiba also reported Robert Downey Jr. was interested just a few months ago. Does either project tickle your fancy?