Sandler has also been eyed to replace Jonah Hill as the lead in the Safdie brothers’ next film Uncut Gems, but he hasn’t officially signed on at this time.
The movie follows a character Howard Ratner in "an original story set in the unscrupulous, fast-paced world of New York City's Diamond District."
Jonah Hill told Jeff Wells last month that he dropped out. I was thinking Andrew Garfield or Adam Driver might replace him (since Scorsese's team are producing the project) but Sandler is such an interesting unexpected pick, if he signs.
This was once described by the Safdies as a "thriller/comedy" and as their "big pie-in-the-sky project" ....they've also teased that rappers and NBA players (Amar'e Stoudemire for one) will have cameos. It was supposed to start shooting in Jan, now the summer - I think they retooled the script for a middle aged protag (opposed to Jonah Hill in the role). James Toback was also set for a supp role several months ago, I would imagine he's out. I'd bet Keitel or somebody like that will replace him.
Also: don't underestimate a good producer! Clearly it was Scott Rudin here that brought in Sandler.
Looks interesting. Like the cast, Bogosian and Hirsch are great additions. And with Khondji behind the camera, even better.
Sandler pushing himself sounds good. I prefer him over Hill in this, might change the dynamic, middle aged man in trouble versus a younger guy.
I just realized that since first reading about this around the Cannes FF, back when Hill was still attached to it, and reading the story was going to be set in the Manhattan Diamond District, I kinda pictured this being set within the hassidic community. I mean, never been to NY, maybe a prejudice on my part, but after hearing of the involvement of Sandler, then Hirsch & Bogosian (who is actually armenian), just reinforced my way of looking at this.
Seeing this set picture, I was probably wrong. Maybe watched too many of those great 90s Law & Order episodes 😄
If you look up set pics, you'll see Benny Safdie (behind Sandler in that pic) recording sound, which he's always done for their films but now on this their most high profile project yet he's still doing it which is very cool. Darius Khondji on the left, not their usual DP, so this might look slicker or at least different from their previous films...
And they always get strong perfs from their actors. This could be Sandler's The Gambler (remember, they wanted to cast Toback) or Killing of a Chinese Bookie......
Post by MichaelPennington on Jul 20, 2019 0:30:59 GMT
Even if Good Time hadn’t more than lived up to its name (Pattinson should really play both Batman and Joker), this image would have garnered enough curiosity out of me to place it near the top of the year’s watchlist (it is, admittedly, a short list.) -