Adam Sandler has signed an overall deal to write, star in, and produce (via Happy Madison Production) an untitled animated project at STX Entertainment.
The deal comes as part of STX’s expansion of family friendly content, adding to the 12 to 15 films the studio hopes to release each year. The company’s execs have a long history in animation, with Adam Fogelson, the chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group, having worked closely with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment on films like ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Minions’. President and chief creative officer Oren Aviv previously led both production and marketing at Walt Disney Studios and oversaw marketing for campaigns on titles like ‘Finding Nemo’ and T’he Incredibles’. Sandler is also no stranger to the world of animation, with his last two animated blockbusters, “Hotel Transylvania” and “Hotel Transylvania 2,” have generated more than $825 million worldwide.
As we continue to grow our company, the family arena is of critical importance to STX Entertainment and we are tremendously excited to have Adam Sandler and Happy Madison developing projects with us for the global animation market,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“Happy Madison is one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today. They have steadily been building this brand in this arena for years with the incredible success of the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ animated franchise. Adam already has some wonderful ideas about what he wants to develop with us and we look forward to working with him, Allen Covert and the entire Happy Madison team.”
Sandler has a long-standing working relationship with STX chairman and CEO Robert Simonds; together they’ve made eight films with Sandler in the lead role: ‘Airheads’, ‘Billy Madison’, ‘Bulletproof’, ‘Happy Gilmore’, ‘The Wedding Singer’, ‘The Waterboy’, ‘Big Daddy’ and ‘Little Nicky’.
STX is also currently developing a animated film based on the Uglydoll toy line, while Sandler will soon release the comedy The Do-Over on Netflix, as a part of his overall deal with the streaming service.