Adam Sandler is reportedly being eyed to replace Jonah Hill in “Uncut Gems,” the next film from “Good Time” directors the Safdie brothers. Sandler reportedly hasn’t officially signed on, but has had some discussions for what would be the leading role.
Martin Scorsese and Scott Rudin are producing the film about which will be set in the New York City Diamond District and deal with the diamond trade, but not much is known beyond that. A24 has acquired worldwide rights to the film.
Once again, Josh and Benny Safdie will team with Ronald Bronstein to pen the script. Their most recent previous collaboration, the high energy Robert Pattinson-led “Good Time,” scored rave reviews and holds a 92% (7.6/10) on Rotten Tomatoes with Pattinson scoring the best critical reviews of his career.
The casting would also mark a welcome return to proper dramatic filmmaking for Sandler following his previous purely dramatic turns in 2002’s “Punch-Drunk Love” and 2007’s “Reign Over Me”. He has dabbled in dramedies over the years though including “Spanglish,” “The Cobbler,” “Funny People,” “Men, Women & Children” and “The Meyerowitz Stories”.
The Safdies have also been linked to a remake of the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte crime drama classic “48 Hours”.