May 30, 2017

Adam Sandler gets Hollywood star, contemplates ‘Fat’ comedy

By Sean O’Connell Big news for Adam Sandler, and even bigger plans for what could be a massive role. Literally.

First, the big news. The comedian is going to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Sandler’s new movie “Just Go With It,” which stars Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker and opens Feb. 11.

But Sandler’s not one to sit still for very long, so it’s no surprise we’re already hearing about his next potential project. FirstShowing sat down with Miguel Arteta at Sundance to discuss his new comedy “Cedar Rapids,” which is getting good reviews out of the Utah fest. Arteta name-dropped a project titled “Fat Man” that Sandler reportedly is interested in.

“I’d love to do a movie with Adam Sandler that… someone said he was flirting with? It’s called ‘Fat Man.’ I don’t know if you’ve heard about this? One of the main writers of ‘The Simpsons’ wrote the script and it’s amazing. He would play an 800 lbs. guy who has a love affair between him and his nurse,” Arteta explained. “And he’s naked for the first half of the film… and it’s very touching… and it’s very funny.”

After poking around, FirstShowing confirmed that this is a Mike Reiss script that was acquired by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions years ago. Will Sandler move ahead with that next, or go in a completely different direction? We’ll see.

In the meantime, “Just Go With It” opens on Feb. 11.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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