Is Adam Sandler Finally Widening His Circle Of Filmmakers? Teams With Chris Columbus On ‘Hello Ghost’ Redo

The news that Adam Sandler has attached himself to the Chris Columbus-directed remake of the Korean comedy Hello Ghost makes me hopeful that Sandler is going to finally begin to listen to the people at the studios releasing his movies, about widening the circle of filmmakers he works with. Let’s face it, the movies micromanaged by his Happy Madison banner have become too formulaic, and they seem to mostly please Razzies voters these days. I’m a fan of Sandler’s, I just haven’t wanted to see his films lately. I was not a fan of the first Grown-Ups, despite its box office success, and can’t imagine the sequel will rise above the level of derivative retread. Recent films — Jack And Jill being the low-water mark — hold no real promise of surprises like we’ve seen the first Hangover, Bridesmaids, Ted, or the just-opened This Is The End. Sandler has worked with filmmakers like Judd Apatow and Paul Thomas Anderson on more serious fare, but the Happy Madison comedy formula needs an overhaul. Columbus could help Sandler out of a rut. He too has made some stinkers, but Columbus has succeeded often enough — from the first two Home Alone films to Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone and others — to imagine he might help elevate Sandler’s game, if the star and his posse loosen the reins and trust the filmmaker. Hello Ghost has a script by One True Thing scribe Karen Croner, and Sandler will play a man whose failed suicide attempt allows him to see ghosts who haunt him until he grants each of them one wish. A promising premise, in the right hands. (more…)

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