Adam Sandler in Negotiations to Star in ‘The Cobbler’ for Director Tom McCarthy

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After a string of broad comedies, Adam Sandler is ready to get serious again, as he’s in negotiations to star in Tom McCarthy’s indie drama “The Cobbler,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

“The Cobbler” is shaping up to be McCarthy’s next directing vehicle, as “Spotlight,” his movie about the Catholic Church sex scandal in Boston, is delayed now DreamWorks forced producers to find a new home for the project.

McCarthy previously directed “Win Win,” “The Visitor” and “The Station Agent.”

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“The Cobbler” follows a shoe repair man with the ability to “walk in other peoples’ shoes,” so to speak, as he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time.

McCarthy’s frequent collaborator, Mary Jane Skalski, will produce “The Cobbler.” Sandler expects to shoot the movie before he stars in Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women & Children.”

Sandler is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, while McCarthy is repped by Gersh.