The story centers on a father who moves in on the eve of his son’s wedding and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be. Sandler would play the dad, with Samberg as the son, even though less than 12 years separate the two in real life.
Dad is still in the development stages, and no director is on board, but the two actors are attached. The project is one of several in development at Happy Madison as possible starring vehicles for Sandler. Columbia initially picked up the project in August 2008.
Heather Parry is overseeing for Happy Madison, while Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are shepherding for Columbia. Dad was written by David Caspe with a rewrite by David Wain and Ken Marino.
Sandler is a Saturday Night Live, alum while Samberg is among the current cast’s stars. He has made ventures into film, starring in 2007’s Hot Rod and playing supporting characters in such comedies as I Love You, Man. Co-toplining a Sandler pic would give Samberg his biggest movie break yet.
Sandler, one of Hollywood’s few reliable hitmakers, will next be seen in Just Go With It, which opens Feb. 11. He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Samberg, repped by UTA and Mosaic, will next be seen in Friends With Benefits, Screen Gems’ take on the sex-with-buddies genre that stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.