Adam Sandler’s reunion with the “Uncut Gems” filmmakers, the Safdie brothers, has been postponed due to the strikes. The actor said the plan was to shoot the new, untitled film during the Major League Baseball season, but due to the double whammy in Hollywood, production was unable to begin before the end of the season.
“We’re not sure right now,” Sandler said Collider when asked when filming for the film would begin. “Because of the strike, we kind of lost the chance to have a baseball season. A lot of this should be filmed during live baseball. So it will take a minute. We’re just figuring it all out. I’m not sure when it will happen.”
The project is an original story by Josh and Benny Safdie set in the world of sports memorabilia and launched on Netflix in 2022.
However, in July, Benny Safdie left the director’s chair and left his brother Josh Safdie to direct the new feature film.
“It just felt like, OK, there are things I want to explore that don’t necessarily align with Josh right now,” Benny Safdie said GQ. “So it’s a divide and conquer mentality. He wants to tell this story, he can do that. I’ll do a few other things. It seems to be a natural progression of things.”
Sandler delivered an acclaimed performance in the Safdie brothers’ 2019 film Uncut Gems, winning a number of awards including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. Since then, the duo has been working on this new, custom project for Sandler.
The baseball season picks up again in the spring, so there is a possibility of resuming production in 2024 if schedules align.