Adam Sandler and LeBron James Are Teaming Up for a Netflix Movie

Published on May 18, 2020

Adam Sandler is coming off one of the best years and career turns in his life. Last year, Sandler blew us all away in Uncut Gems (stream it). Sandler was alive and electric in that movie. He was snubbed an oscar, which led Sandler to joke he’ll make far worse comedies in the future as revenge. Hopefully, that terrible comedy isn’t his next Netflix movie, Hustle.

From Producer LeBron James

LeBron James is going to become a bigger name in movies. He is starring in the next Space Jam afterall, but he’s also producing the next Sandler pic. It’s a basketball comedy. In the original story, Sandler plays an American basketball scout who discovers an incredible ball player in China. Somehow the scout loses his job, but together, the scout and player return to America and try to impress the NBA. 

Would James possibly appear in the movie? It wouldn’t be surprising. Unlike most all-star athletes, James isn’t a bad actor. He’s pretty good in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. James is a charismatic guy, and while that doesn’t always translate to film, it did for the Lakers star. 

James’ Connection to China

As Collider pointed out, the story may no longer involve China. The new synopsis makes no mention of the country, which stopped airing NBA games last year after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey showed support for protestors fighting for their freedom. He tweeted “Fight For Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong,” as people protested the government and police force. In the fallout, China cut ties with the NBA, even though it’s the most watched sport in the country. 

More on The Situation 

James’ response to the fallout left many of his fans disappointed. James, who uses his voice and platform for good, said of Morey, “I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.” It was a confusing statement, one that suggests a staggering lack of empathy and respect for the protestors in Hong Kong. 

Obviously, the situation hurt James’ bank account, but he’s more than fine… Maybe the Netflix movie took a hit, though, and will no longer be set in China. Overall, it was just disappointing James didn’t express any concern for protestors or recognized, like himself, Daryl Morey was a powerful guy using his position to support those in need. 

Back to Sandler 

We could talk about James’ response to the situation for hours, but back to Adam Sandler. Sandler, of course, is a serious basketball fan with a history of sports comedies. Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy are considered two of his classics. It’s a subgenre in comedy that Sandler does well with. While almost all of Sandler’s Netflix output, excluding Murder Mystery and 100% Fresh, has been disapointing, we still always look forward to seeing him back again. 

It’s Adam Sandler afterall. When he does get laughs, he gets some of the biggest laughs. When he doesn’t, well, thankfully we have a lot of Adam Sandler movies already to enjoy. 

Sandler is already developing more movies for Netflix, including a sequel to Murder Mystery. That was actually a pretty enjoyable Sandler pic. It had one of his funnier characters, a stronger plot, and the actor plays well with Jennifer Anniston. It was entertaining, and again, when Sandler entertains, it brings back nice memories and creates new ones. 

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Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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