Adam Sandler is venturing back into the world of the NBA. Let’s hope it works out better than it did for his character in Uncut Gems. Variety says Sandler will star in the Netflix comedy Hustle, which has an extremely talented director attached to run point.
Sandler will be working with director Jeremiah Zagar on Hustle, which also has Lebron James on board as a producer. Zagar is best known for the acclaimed 2018 coming-of-age drama We the Animals, making this another chance for Sandler to work in the auteur realm. In fact, the story goes that it was Zagar’s involvement that convinced Sandler to sign on, and that says a lot because the movie’s premise sounds really corny, like the awful 1994 Kevin Bacon comedy The Air Up There.
The plot of Hustle centers on a fired NBA talent scout who discovers an untapped talent abroad and brings him back to the U.S. in hopes that he can be his ticket back into the league. Taylor Materne and Will Fetters wrote the script.
So who knows? The potential is here for Hustle to be more than it sounds, and not just another throwaway Sandler movie for Netflix.