Adam Sandler is back for another movie in his massive deal with Netflix, following the (unexpected?) success of Murder Mystery. Sandler's new movie is another murder mystery, but it's also a holiday movie -- just not the usual Santa stuff. This one is a Halloween comedy that reunites him with several old friends from SNL and beyond.
The Halloween movie will feature the all-star comedy lineup of -- deep breath -- Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Michael Chiklis, Kenan Thompson, China Anne McClain, Paris Berelc, Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, June Squibb, Shaquille O’Neal, Karan Brar, Noah Schnapp, Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, Kym Whitley, Lavell Crawford, Betsy Sodaro, George Wallace, and Blake Clark. Phew!
Deadline says the Halloween movie is currently untitled, but it just started filming north of Boston and it's at least working until the title of Hubie Halloween. People has a photo from set showing Kevin James rocking a wild mullet and beard as a Salem, Massachusetts police officer. James recently showed off a photo on social media with a massive beard but a bald head.
Here's what the Observer says the movie (whether ultimately called Hubie Halloween or not) is about:
Good-natured but eccentric community volunteer Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) finds himself at the center of a real murder case on Halloween night. Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), Hubie is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something really is going bump in the night, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween.
Adam Sandler's last murder mystery seemed to work well for Netflix, since that 2019 Jennifer Aniston movie reportedly got a record number of views in its opening weekend.
Adam Sandler likes to work with his friends, and Jennifer Aniston said she signed on for Murder Mystery specifically to work with him again. Kevin James keeps returning to Sandler as well. They've worked together in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Zookeeper, plus through cameos in 50 First Dates and You Don't Mess With the Zohan.
Speaking of old friends, here's hoping Steve Buscemi has another classic lipstick-worthy scene in this movie:
Steven Brill, who directed Adam Sandler's 2017 Netflix film Sandy Wexler, is directing this new Happy Madison Productions movie as well. Brill also directed Sandler's 2000 film Little Nicky and co-wrote the script with Sandler. And Brill directed the 2016 movie The Do-Over with Sandler and David Spade.
Adam Sandler signed a four-movie deal with Netflix in 2014, then signed on for four more in 2017. His Happy Madison movies for Netflix so far include The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Week Of, Father of the Year, and Murder Mystery.
This new Halloween movie -- Hubie Halloween or Whatever They End Up Calling It -- doesn't have a streaming date yet on Netflix. Sometimes Netflix announces that along with a trailer. It would be great if they could do a super-quick turnaround for this Halloween 2019. We'll see.