In the last couple of years, Adam Sandler has seemingly been the cover boy for all things wrong with Hollywood, starring in needless sequels and stupid comedies. In fact, just having his name attached to a production has turned many away from a film, something you would not expect from the man-boy-king of comedy in the 1990s. That being said, an interesting film is on the horizon for the actor and his teaming up with a particular director has plenty intrigued (if not, lightly optimistic).
THR reports that Adam Sandler is in talks to join The Cobbler, a film directed by Tom McCarthy, who came onto the scene with 2003′s The Station Agent, and more recently with The Visitor and Win, Win. The Cobbler, a modern day tale, will tell the story of a man who has the ability to step into the lives of the people whose shoes he is repairing.
While I am one of the most adamant voices against Sandler and everything the man does, I am actually very interested by this news. I think my most disappointing feeling about Sandler is that he has shown real talent throughout his career, specifically with Reign Over Me and Punch Drunk Love, but continues to make idiotic films that draw in the money, which (to an extent) is understandable. As for McCarthy, I’ve been following his career since The Station Agent, and both of his follow ups are equally on the same page in quality. McCarthy has this genuineness about him that makes all of his films feel like a peek into the lives of real people with real problems, something that is far too rare in movies these days. Driven by their performances and the characters, McCarthy’s The Cobbler sounds like a possible life raft for Sandler’s sinking career.
To make things even more interesting for Sandler, he recently signed on to star in Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) Men Women & Children, another film that’s out of the regularity for a man known for his stupid humor, whiny voice, and incessant need to cast his friends. Both Reitman and McCarthy are very much directors who focus on the actors and the characters they play, so seeing Sandler team up with these two talents will certainly be a nice change of pace for the actor.
Budgeted at $10 million, The Cobbler is also written by McCarthy. No release date is known at the moment. Hopefully this means we won’t get the inevitable Grown Ups 3 for a couple of years.
What do you think of the news? Are you excited to see Sandler changing it up or do you think his career is already too far gone at this point?