Can Noah Baumbach save Adam Sandler’s film career?

The While We’re Young director has cast the out of favour comic in The Meyerowitz Stories.

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Eve Watling

American writer/director Noah Baumbach is currently putting the finishing touches on his next feature, The Meyerowitz Stories, which centres around an estranged family as they reconvene to celebrate the work of their artist father.

The film stars Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and, most intriguingly, Adam Sandler, whose controversial 2015 flop The Ridiculous Six called his acting career into question.

So, can Baumbach rehabilitate Sandler? Netflix certainly thinks so. The streaming giant has picked up the worldwide rights to The Meyerowitz Stories, which will receive a limited theatrical release before being made available to subscribers later this year.

The Ridiculous Six was the first release of Netflix’s four-picture deal with Sandler. It was followed by The Do-Over, which also received unfavourable reviews. His third Netflix feature, Sandy Wexler, is released on 14 April, making The Meyerowitz Stories the final part of what has so far been a disappointing run of films.

Originally titled Yen Din Ka Kissa, The Meyerowitz Stories marks the third collaboration between Baumbach and Stiller following 2010’s Greenberg and 2014’s While We’re Young.

Hoffman will play the family patriarch, while Thompson has revealed to USA Today that her character is “a dreadful, passive-aggressive alcoholic.”

Published 11 Apr 2017

Tags: Adam Sandler Ben Stiller Dustin Hoffman Emma Thompson Netflix Noah Baumbach

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