Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions are set to make an untitled family animated project at STX Entertainment.
The Saturday Night Live alum has a long-standing working relationship with STX chairman and CEO Robert Simonds; together they’ve made eight films with Sandler in the lead role: Airheads, Billy Madison, Bulletproof, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy and Little Nicky. Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania toon franchise which spans two pics have grossed $825M-plus at the global box office for Sony.
STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson announced the deal today which calls for Sandler to write, produce and star.
Fogelson, who worked with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment on blockbusters including Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Lorax and more said in a statement: “As we continue to grow our company, the family arena is of critical importance to STX Entertainment and we are tremendously excited to have Adam Sandler and Happy Madison developing projects with us for the global animation market. Happy Madison is one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today. They have steadily been building this brand in this arena for years with the incredible success of the Hotel Transylvania animated franchise. Adam already has some wonderful ideas about what he wants to develop with us and we look forward to working with him, Allen Covert and the entire Happy Madison team.”
Oren Aviv, STX president and chief content officer, who has overseen marketing on a number of Walt Disney and Pixar animated films added, “When we launched our new animation division, we said we would continue to seek out meaningful partnerships with long-term potential at our studio. Teaming with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison is exactly the kind of quality relationship that further defines STX as a home for the world’s best storytellers.”
Sandler’s cinematic canon has grossed in excess of $3 billion worldwide while Happy Madison has produced over 20 movies. The label has a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Domestic Television to develop shows for the studio including Rules of Engagement, The Goldbergs and the upcoming ABC comedy Imaginary Mary starring Jenna Elfman.
Next up for Sandler is the Steven Brill-helmed Netflix feature The Do-Over which starts streaming on May 27. Sandler’s first Netflix movie, The Ridiculous 6, (the first of his four-picture deal) was the most-watched movie in the history of the streaming provider and opened No. 1 in every territory Netflix operates in. Sandler will also be appearing in Noah Baumbach’s untitled independent feature opposite Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman.