Adam Sandler and 'Ridiculous 6' Ready to Ride in Western Comedy
by Ben Pearson
October 26, 2012
Looks like The Lone Ranger isn't the only western on the horizon. Early reports yesterday pegged the next Happy Madison Production as a comedy western, and now Deadline confirms that Adam Sandler will saddle up for Ridiculous 6, which the Jack & Jill star will co-write and produce with longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy). The title could be a riff on The Magnificent Seven, the classic western with a great cast including Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, and Charles Bronson, but I think we all know exactly what caliber of actors we can expect in Sandler's latest pile of nonsense.
No story details or other casting announcements have been released yet, but with production slated to start this April and a date already penciled in for Spring Break of 2014, the studio has dollar signs in its eyes already. But the most interesting thing about this whole story is that the aforementioned studio is not Sony Pictures, where Happy Madison has a first look deal. This time, Sandler will be working with Paramount, with rumored reports that Sony is looking to tighten things up budget-wise at their studio. Does this mean that Sony is actually going to start caring now about what kind of Sandler movies they put out, possibly leaning toward ones with, I don't know, ANY redeeming elements at all? Not likely, considering Grown Ups 2 is still on the way. But hey, we consider this a win for Sony anyway.
It's tough to fault Paramount from a pure business standpoint, though. Sure, Sandler has become utterly reviled in the critical community (rightly so, considering his recent output), but he's still somehow a bankable star. The best outcome I'm hoping for here is that Ridiculous 6 is actually a secret crossover with Fast Six in which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson speed through the desert and run over Sandler, Kevin James, and David Spade. Now that's something I'd pay to see.