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Cardboard Side Hustle: Netflix Backs Safdie Bros. & Sandler Reunion

Cardboard Side Hustle: Netflix Backs Safdie Bros. & Sandler Reunion

After backing several of the actor’s projects, Netflix is getting behind the Uncut Gems reunion between Adam Sandler and Josh and Benny Safdie. At this point we’ll assume that Sandler will topline, but we’ll have to wait and see who’ll fill up the probable trade show backdrops and mini safes — this world is as high stakes as New York City’s Diamond District. The Safdies will write, direct and produce a tale that might mention a Mickey Mantle or Pokémon. Uncut Gems cost just under 20 million. The streamer will probably allow for a bigger budget.

The currently untitled project set in the world of high-end card collecting is rumored to be going into production in the first quarter making a Venice Film Fest showing entirely possible. Deadline doesn’t have much details to work with, but we imagine that Elara Productions’ Sebastian Bear-McClard and cinematographer Darius Khondji might return to the fold. Timothée Chalamet is another name that has been floating around.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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