On paper, it sounds like Adam Sandler's next project, You Don't Mess with Zohan, could potentially be one of his funniest. It's not so much the story (which finds Sandler playing a Mossad agent who fakes his death in order to move to New York and become a hair stylist) that gets me excited, it's the fact that the script was written by Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Robert Smigel (responsible for SNL skits like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, as well as the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and Sandler -- three extremely funny men who each bring a unique comedic voice to the project. The one downside, however, is that the Hollywood Reporter tells us today frequent Sandler collaborator Rob Schneider is in talks to co-star. Gee, who would've thunk it?
If Schneider signs on (and chances are he will, seeing as Sandler-related projects seem to be his only source of income), he will play an East Yistannen cab driver who, I imagine, speaks in a funny accent and throws out a bunch of quotable one-liners like "You can do it!" There's no word on a director yet, but wouldn't it be smashing if Apatow were to take the reigns and helm a Sandler comedy? I'd love to see what sort of child would be born from Apatow's down-to-earth everyman approach as a director -- especially when it's mixed with Sandler's familiar, over-the-top antics and Smigel's dirty humor. Filming on You Don't Mess with Zohan begins this summer, and currently the film is scheduled for a summer 2008 release.