'Bedtime' for Sandler with Disney
EmptyAdam Sandler is set to star in his first Walt Disney Pictures film, the family comedy "Bedtime Stories," being directed by Adam Shankman. Sandler also will produce with his Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo along with Andrew Gunn and his Gunn Films banner.
"Bedtime" features Sandler as a harried real estate developer whose life is turned upside down when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew begin to come true. Matt Lopez wrote the script.
Shankman said one reason Sandler signed on was "the fact that he is a new father, and the idea of making a beautful Dinsey brand fantasy is soemthing that is in his heart right now.
"And he gets to play dual roles. He gets to play a regular guy and a knight in shining armor in the fantasy world. The comedic possiblities are limitless. And there is nothing better than Adam and kids. It's going to be really fun."
Production will begin this year for a holiday 2008 release.
Shankman and his Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot are executive producing along with Gunn Films' Ann Marie Sanderlin.
Jason Reed is overseeing for Disney.
Sandler worked with the Disney studio on the 1998 hit "The Waterboy," but that film was released under the Touchstone Pictures label.
The actor is onscreen in the Mike Binder drama "Reign Over Me." His most recent comedy, "Click," grossed $137.3 million at the domestic boxoffice last year. On Saturday, he received the 2007 Kids' Choice Award for favorite movie actor.
Sandler is repped by Endeavor and Brillstein-Grey.