Ozzy Lines Up Adam Sandler Film, Begins Solo Album As Sabbath Farewell Looms

Notorious metal journeyman Ozzy Osbourne has added another project to his increasingly busy schedule as he plans to return to the big screen next year.

Osbourne, who most recently hit theaters as himself in the Howard Stern biopic "Private Parts," has been tapped for a role in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy, "Little Nicky." Spokespeople for Osbourne say that Sandler wrote a small part for Osbourne into the script and that the frontman will shoot his scenes in February of next year.

Another potential Ozzy film project, one that would see Ozzy bring his life story to the big screen, has yet to move forward. Earlier this year, Ozzy was working with a screenwriter and had hoped to start shooting in 2000 (see "Ozzy May Bring Life Story To Big Screen"). However, Osbourne's spokespeople say that the project has not progressed.

Instead, Ozzy is focusing on music. He is currently in Europe with his Black Sabbath counterparts

wrapping up a reunion tour that began on New Year's Eve of last year.

After saying farewell to his fellow Sabs later this month, Ozzy will resume work on his next solo album. He has already begun writing material for the record and plans to continue work on it after the first of the year. The Osbourne camp says that they hope to have the album out by summer, and that Ozzy will once again headline his annual Ozzfest to tour behind it.