When Kristin Wiig hosted "Saturday Night Live" this season, one of the best sketches was a phony commercial for a new Disney Channel series in which Wiig plays a Korean water ghost who comes back from the dead to haunt her children and pressure them into doing their chores. Adam Sandler, who has "Grown Ups 2" shifting the cinematic paradigm later this summer, recently signed on to a project that is eerily similar, so much so that it's positively haunting.
Sandler will star in and produce "Hello Ghost," which will be helmed by original "Harry Potter" director Chris Columbus. The script, by "Admission"'s Karen Croner and based on a South Korean film directed by Young-tak Kim, concerns a man who, after unsuccessfully trying to kill himself, is visited by four ghosts. They won't leave him alone until he helps them grant one wish each.
The synopsis sounds like the unholy union of "American Werewolf in London" and "Aladdin," and it may be tough to find the right tonal balance between farce and something slightly deeper and darker. After all, attempted suicide always has audiences rolling in the aisles.
In addition to "Grown Ups 2," Sandler has "Blended," a romantic comedy that reunites him with his "Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates" partner-in-crime Drew Barrymore, in the works, and he'll team with Columbus on "Pixels," an adaptation of a popular Internet short, for Sony. At some point, too, he'll be lending his vocal talents to the forthcoming "Hotel Transylvania" sequel.