Set in the New York City Diamond District, the project boasts Scott Rudin as a producer and Martin Scorsese as an executive producer.
Fresh off his acclaimed performance in The Meyerowitz Stories, Adam Sandler is in early talks to play the lead in A24's Uncut Gems, the next crime thriller from Good Time filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing with Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson from Elara Pictures. Martin Scorsese will executive produce alongside Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
The Safdies co-wrote the script with Ronald Bronstein, and the story is known to be set in the New York City Diamond District, but plot details have been vague beyond that.
Jonah Hill was originally cast as the lead, but he was forced to bow out due to scheduling issues, as he's been busy shooting Netflix's Maniac and putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut Mid-90s -- another A24 release that was produced by Rudin.
Sandler's last four live-action films debuted on Netflix, and you'd have to go back to 2015's Pixels to find the last Sandler film that received a wide theatrical release. Still, when Sandler is pushed by talented indie filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Binder and Noah Baumbach, he has proven to be quite effective in the right dramatic role.
Sandler, who next stars opposite Chris Rock in the Netflix comedy The Week Of, is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
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