Adam Sandler was popular during his school days at Manchester Central High School, New Hampshire for his comedic adventures as a clown. He developed a flame for acting and performing on stage when he was a young boy. It was his brother who encouraged him to make a try as a performer at a Comedy Club in Boston. The success of the show boosted his confidence as a comedian and he decided to go ahead. His first breakthrough was a regular role in MTV’s ‘Remote Control’ and NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Both the shows emerged as breakout hits for the respective networks while Sandler became a household name with his sharp wit and charisma.
With the help of popularity and success on television, Sandler landed back-to-back comedic roles in movies like ‘Coneheads’ with Chris Farley and Jane Curtin and ‘Airheads’ with Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi. In the 1995 movie, ‘Billy Madison’, he played the character of a matured man who again attempts to study from the first to the 12th grade in order to win his father’s lucrative hotel business. Though the movie was panned by critics, it went on to become a hit and kick-started a series of similar Adam Sandler comedies.
Sandler tasted box office success again with the comedy flicks ‘Bulletproof’ (1996), ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996), ‘The Wedding Singer’ (1998), and ‘The Waterboy’ (1998). He developed a unique comedic aesthetic with the help of juvenile tropes and offensive gags that made his fans rolling on the floor laughing throughout the ’90s. In ‘Wedding Singer,’ the actor shared screen space with Drew Barrymore. ‘Big Daddy’ (1999) and ‘Little Nicky’ (2000) made Sandler a reliable actor for low-budget comedies. From the early 2000s, he started to diversify his comedic legacy. The 2002 movie ‘Mr. Deeds’ showcased a slightly different face of the actor. In the same year, he starred in ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Sandler played the lead role in the romantic comedy alongside Emily Watson and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The decision to change the pace of his career paid well when the 2003 comedy ‘Anger Management’ earned Sandler critical and commercial success. His portrayal of the character David “Dave” Buznik, who is haunted by several insecurities, trauma and an anger management problem went on to become a huge success. Along with Jack Nicholson, who played the role of Dr. Buddy Rydell, Sandler triggered a laugh riot among viewers. In 2004, he reunited with Drew Barrymore for the romantic comedy, ’50 First Dates,’ which rang the cash registers at the box office once again for the actor. He took another wild turn with the 2004 romantic comedy ‘Spanglish.’ Though the movie was met with mixed reviews, the performance of the lead pair Adam Sandler (as John Clasky) and Paz Vega (as Flor Moreno) garnered critics’ praise.
Sandler continued to oscillate between over-the-top comedies and heavy-weight roles to deliver movies like ‘The Longest Yard’ (2005), ‘Click’ (2006), ‘Reign Over Me’ (2007), ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’ (2007), ‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan’ (2008), ‘Bedtime Stories’ (2008), ‘Grown Ups’ (2010), and ‘Grown Ups 2’ (2013), among others. He teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation for the animated film franchise ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ which has released three movies so far.
Though Sandler is best known for delivering over-the-top comedy, the actor has proved his versatility with diverse roles. He often goes with the wind for box office hits and returns once in a while to more dramatic roles, which makes his upcoming projects really exciting. So now you might be wondering what is the next Adam Sandler movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Adam Sandler films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Adam Sandler movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. Uncut Gems (2019)
Adam Sandler teams up with A24 for the upcoming flick ‘Uncut Gems.’ Described as an action-dramedy by Deadline, the movie also stars Lakeith Stanfield (‘Atlanta’). The plot centers on the Diamond District of New York City, where the jewelry store owner Howard Ratner (Sandler) grapples with his gambling addiction. His other perils are the two prickly relationships and a looming debt crisis. Stanfield reportedly plays one of the high-profile clients of Ratner in the movie. Other cast includes Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsch. ‘Uncut Gems’ is directed by the Safdies, Josh and Benny, who co-wrote the script with their regular collaborator Ronald Bronstein. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produce the movie for their Scott Rudin Productions along with Elara Pictures’ Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff also join the project as executive producers. Netflix holds the global rights to the movie, which is expected to go to production in late 2019.
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2. Hotel Transylvania 4 (2021)
In February 2019, Sony Pictures Animation greenlit the fourth installment in the popular animated comedy film series ‘Hotel Transylvania.’ The studio had also announced the release date for the movie which is toplined by Adam Sandler in the lead role of Count Dracula. Based on the characters created by comedy writer Todd Durham, the franchise features a helpless dark lord Dracula desperately running a luxury hotel catering to monster guests. His equally hapless friends are Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his bride (Fran Drescher), a werewolf (Steve Buscemi), the invisible man (David Spade), and a hunchback (Jon Lovitz). Other cast members include Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Andy Samberg. ‘Hotel Transylvania’ has become a lucrative franchise for Sony Pictures Animation, grossing over $1.3M at the worldwide box office.
The third installment in the series, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation‘, earned the record-breaking haul of $528.6M globally. ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’, the second movie in the series, also holds a record for Sony with a domestic haul of $169.7M. The first movie that launched the franchise, ‘Hotel Transylvania earned $148M from the domestic box office. Count Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, emerged as an icon of the franchise. Genndy Tartakovsky, who is known as the creator of ‘Stars Wars: Clone Wars,’ directed all three films in the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise. Sandler also serves as an executive producer in the upcoming movie. Even though no other cast and crew members have been announced for the fourth installment of the animated comedy so far, Sony is expected to release it on December 21, 2021, according to Variety. Sony is keeping all the other details about the project under tight wraps.
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3. The Wrong Missy (TBA)
Adam Sandler produces the upcoming comedy ‘The Wrong Missy’ under his banner Happy Madison Productions in association with Netflix and Q.C. Entertainment. Directed by Tyler Spindel, the movie stars David Spade as Tim Morris, who chances upon his dream girl and plans to take her to the corporate party of his company. But the night takes a turn for the worse when an old blind date of Morris turns up at the party instead of his sweetheart. Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett wrote the script for the film. No release date has been attached to ‘The Wrong Missy.’
Murder Mystery (2019)
Adam Sandler re-teams with his ‘Just Go With It’ co-star Jennifer Aniston for the Netflix film titled “Murder Mystery.” Kyle Newacheck direct this comedy-mystery film, which has been written by James Vanderbilt. The story of the movie centers around a New York cop and his wife vacationing in Europe. Their situation worsens when they end up becoming prime suspects in the murder of an elderly billionaire.
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