Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation are setting up a pattern of making satisfying and relatively successful animated films, then moving the sequels into the hands of specially-chosen new creators. The company did it with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the sequel for which is being directed by a pair of guys who worked on the first movie under original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Now Sony has set September 25, 2015 as the release date for Hotel Transylvania 2. The first movie did quite well when it hit a few weeks back, and so it looks like the collaboration between animator Genndy Tartakovsky and star Adam Sandler is going to keep on truckin’.
But Tartakovsky is going to direct the Popeye movie for Sony, releasing in the same window in 2014, and so there will be a new director (or directors) for the Transylvania sequel. Who’ll make the movie? We don’t know yet, but if Sony is really setting up a pattern here it could be someone from the story or animation department on the first. [THR]
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Last we heard about the possible sequel to Black Dynamite, Michael Jai White was saying that they were designing the sequel as “a western comedy in that spirit of Blazing Saddles.” But whenever that happens, and I very much hope that it does, there might already be competition from another western comedy.
I don’t want to damn this one before it is even written, but Adam Sandler will co-write the film, called Ridiculous 6, which seems to be a play on The Magnificent Seven. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sure, moviegoers may love standing in the midnight showing line for The Avengers or arguing over The Dark Knight Rises plot holes at the bar, but what do they turn on when they finally go back to the privacy of their own homes? Rental retailer Redbox knows, and in honor of their ten-year anniversary, they’re sharing a list of their top ten most-rented movies since 2002. Here’s a hint: Adam Sandler is really, really popular. Hit the jump to see the list.
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The dream of any young filmmaker who puts a short film online is that it’ll get noticed by Hollywood, leading to being whisked away to a life of big budgets, movie stars and sunshine. That dream exists because, on occasion, it happens. Adam Sandler‘s company Happy Madison, along with Columbia Pictures, has just acquired the rights to make a feature length version of the Internet short, Bad Toys II. Directed by French animators Daniel Brunet and Nicolas Douste, the short blends animation and live action toys into a high-octane short inspired by the insane, over the top car chases in Michael Bay movies like Bad Boys II.
After the jump, watch the short itself and read more about the feature. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a real update on the video game-inspired Pixels, but it’s moving ahead slowly but surely. While no director has been announced at this time, King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon‘s signed on to executive produce and possibly direct, and while no star has been locked in at this point, Adam Sandler is eyeing it as a potential star vehicle. (No surprise, considering the film is being produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison.)
Meanwhile, Happy Madison and Sony have just tapped Sandler’s Just Go With It scribe Tim Dowling to rewrite the Pixels script as an action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters. Dowling takes over for frequent Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy, who began working on the script in 2010. More details after the jump.
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Thanks to recent films like Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy!, Adam Sandler has taken prominence as the biggest critical comedic punching bag. So when some people see that he’s voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, I’m sure there will be some automatic dismissals of the film.
But while Hotel Transylvania reunites Sandler and his That’s My Boy! co-star Andy Samberg, the film is also from Genndy Taratkovsky, the animation director behind such fare as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. His sensibilities are often great, and his touch is all over this new trailer. And while Hotel Transylvania is pretty silly, it is also a film expressly for kids. (As opposed to Sandler’s other recent adult-skewing material.) So I’m ready to give it a shot. Read More »
Adam Sandler and crew have been promoting That’s My Boy for so long now, I feel like it’s already come and gone. He was at the Super Bowl talking about the film, on ESPN before that and now, finally, after over six months of hype, the film will finally be released next week. In the movie, Sandler plays a man who fathers a child in his teens and then, when his child (Andy Samberg) gets married, the young father comes back into his life.
I have yet to see the film but the buzz I’ve heard from people who have is that That’s My Boy is a bit of a return to form for Sandler. Instead of the weak sauce of Grown Ups and Jack & Jill, this movie is apparently a very dirty, very nasty, hard R-rated comedy. To push that, Sony has released a second Red Band trailer for the film. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Whatever its flaws, The Other Guys boasted a crackling comedic duo in Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, so we were excited to hear about a re-team for the two stars in the football comedy Three Mississippi. But alas, it’s not meant to be. Adam Sandler has just replaced Wahlberg in the film, which centers around rival families engaging in an annual tackle football match. Surprisingly, it’ll be the first time that comedy heavyweights Sandler and Ferrell have starred in a feature together. More details after the jump.
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