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

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

The “Win Win” filmmaker's project about the Catholic Church sex scandal has been delayed until next year

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.

  • WIN WIN

    WIN WIN was so underrated and unappreciated, especially at awards time. Paul G. and Amy Ryan were fantastic in it.

    This is certainly a “win win” for both McCarthy and Sandler. Sandler has showed his acting chops in PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, REIGN OVER ME, SPANGLISH (not a great film but he was good in it) and even FUNNY PEOPLE, so it's good to see him take on another serious project instead of the crap I wouldn't flush down my toilet he usually does. And for McCarthy, hopefully this will bring more people to his wonderful films.

  • Burphelson AFB

    hmmm, sounds a lot like Zelig.