Adam Sandler has made Netflix his new home. He’s made a variety of comedies for the streaming service, but for his next project, Sandler is going to space to experience some drama. It’s the first drama Sandler has ever made at Netflix. Emmy-winning filmmaker, Johan Renck, who helmed episodes of HBO’s acclaimed Chernobyl, is directing the movie.
Renck is sending Sandler to space. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the perfect partner in Adam,” the director said. “And now, with the support of the brilliant Netflix family, I am profoundly excited to set off on our impossible journey.” Sandler will play an Astronaut whose duty is to collect ancient dust in the galaxy. During his mission, he starts to hear a voice telling him how to save Earth. The voice, he realizes, is coming from inside the ship. Obviously, not the typical synopsis for an Adam Sandler-Netflix joint.
The project is an adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfar’s novel, The Spaceman of Bohemia. The story is about a Czech astronaut. The original story is “an intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery.” Actor Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) is producing the Adam Sandler movie. Maybe Tatum once wanted to star in the movie.
The alien in the book is described as a “giant alien spider” and possibly imaginary, which does sound a bit more like an Adam Sandler comedy. “Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion,” the synopsis reads. “Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?”
From the sound of it, the book isn’t without comedy or its sense of adventure and fun. Whether there’s comedy or not, watching Sandler communicate with an ancient alien spider of some kind sounds more than promising. Anytime the actor goes outside of his comfort zone the results are spectacular or at least entertaining.
Last year, the actor was snubbed an Academy Award for his performance in Uncut Gems. It was the performance of the year. Completely magnetic. Sandler made us root for a character we probably shouldn’t have been rooting for and feeling for. The humanity, comedy, and intensity he brought to the role and film was stunning.
Sandler makes drama entertaining. Funny People and Punch-Drunk Love are two other pitch perfect examples. Maybe because of his roles in comedies, there’s something more relatable about Sandler than the average dramatic actor. Something hits harder about watching this comedic actor audiences love suffer great pain.
There’s a plethora of reasons why Sandler excels in dramas, though. We get a lot of Sandler comedies, but Sandler’s dramas are now event movies. Right now, audiences can watch the loveable actor in Hubie Halloween. We weren’t exactly fans of the movie at Grit Daily, but the movie has its supporters. Many are finding it a return-to-form to Sandler’s comedies. Like it or hate it, Hubie Halloween is another hit for Netflix.
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