Adam Sandler Is A Narco
And he may also be a $40,000 Man
Two high-concept comedies have recently dropped through Adam Sandler's letterbox, but thankfully neither of them involves a merman or a talking baby (or a magic remote control).
First up, Sandler is officially attached to Narco, a remake of the 2004 French comedy The Secret Adventures of Gustav Kloppe. Not a narco in the drugs / cops / Cypress Hill sense, Gus is a narcoleptic, which means he falls asleep at inopportune moments and dreams of action heroes (including Jean-Claude Van Damme in a cameo appearance). Attacked by figure-skating assassins, he's left in a coma and eventually wakes up cured of his propensity to constantly nod out. But he finds it convenient to pretend otherwise, uncovering a plot against him involving infidelity, comics art and stand-up comedy.
Clay Tarver (Roadkill) is currently at work on the script for Sandler's Happy Madison production company. Early days yet, so no mention of a director so far.
Elsewhere in Sandler World, The $40,000 Man is seemingly coming together, after at least three years in development hell. This one's about an astronaut who gets horribly injured and bionically rebuilt, but on a very low budget, making him a bit rubbish. It's a riff on The Six Million Dollar Man, do you see? And even Lee Majors' $6m was a lot more, in real terms, back in 1974, than it is today.
John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses) is at work on the latest draft of the screenplay, which was first hammered out, way back in the day, by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, American Splendour, Bad Santa). In those bygone days of yore, Zwigoff was also attached to direct. Hopefully that's still the case. Sandler's involvement is at the offer stage.