Adam Sandler to star in Netflix basketball film Hustle
James R | On 21, May 2020
Adam Sandler is teaming up with Netflix for a new basketball film.
Sandler, who has made a wealth of comedies for the streaming giant as part of an exclusive production deal, recently earned major acclaim for his lead role in Uncut Gems, written and directed by the Safdie brothers. Now, he’s set to star in another filmmaker’s project, with We the Animals director Jeremiah Zagar at the helm.
Variety reports that Sandler will star as an American basketball scout who, after being unjustly fired, discovers a talented player abroad and decides to bring him to the USA to prove that they both have what it takes to make it in the NBA.
The film is written by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters, with Sandler’s Happy Madison producing alongside Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment.
The pitch was originally at Legendary a couple of years ago, but Netflix has now picked up the project and pitched it to Sandler as a starring vehicle. Zagar’s involvement reportedly prompted Sandler to sign on, after he has been looking for his next project after Uncut Gems.