Adam Sandler Attached to 'Narco', Offered Lead in '$40,000 Man'
by Ethan Anderton
December 12, 2010
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?
wish he'd do more projects like PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE and less of the absolute shit he's in now.
crumb on Dec 12, 2010
RE: John Francis Daley... from the interviews I've read with him he seems to be very intelligent, not surprised he is getting into script-writing. Surely direction is only around the corner. All the best to him.
Ben on Dec 13, 2010
not bad hope its good
A5J4DX on Dec 13, 2010
Just Go With It looks better than I was expecting, but Jack and Jill looks like his biggest atrocity yet. I wish he would make a straight up R-rated comedy for once. Also, I don't want another movie with him and Kevin James, like that Valet Guys that was just announced. They may be Siamese ass buddies in real life, but having them onscreen together is poison, as evidence by Chuck and Larry and Grown Ups. He needs a new male costar. Even Kevin James paired up with Vince Vaughn.
ASFan on Dec 13, 2010
what the HELL is al pacino thinking?!
beavis on Dec 13, 2010
The $40,000 Man sounds like a really good lampoon idea but lets hope it doesn't turn out like Zohan, Anger Management, etc.
Kyle on Dec 13, 2010
Ehhhhh this guy ,to me David Spade is way better than Sandler , his only good recent movie was Funny People and it got bogged down second half with his boring a@# relashionship to Apatows wife.
ChrisC5g on Dec 13, 2010
#7 - as sucky as Sandler has sucked (and we're on a trajectory to reach defcon suck very soon), describing Spade as "way better" than anything other than a pile of fecal matter is probably hyperbole.
Piper on Dec 13, 2010
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