Allen Covert, who has co-starred in more than a dozen Adam Sandler movies, recently compared the comedian’s Happy Madison production company to a fraternity and backed it up with a wild day on the set of one of his upcoming projects, “Grandma’s Boy.”
Like a real fraternity, though, Happy Madison is not just one party after another. Some work does get done. In fact it’s actually become quite fertile ground for the typically slow-moving Hollywood.
Covert alone has two major projects in the works, beginning with “Grandma’s Boy” (formerly “Nana’s Boy”), a film he stars in and co-wrote.
It’s due January 6, three months before “The Benchwarmers” — which Covert also co-wrote — is expected to hit theaters.
“I don’t know how that happened, ’cause I went like 20 years in the town with people like, ’Who are you? Get away,’ ” Covert said. “Now, all of a sudden, I get to go from one to another.”
“The Benchwarmers,” directed by Dennis Dugan of “Happy Gilmore” and “Big Daddy” fame, stars Jon Heder, Rob Schneider and David Spade (see “Non-Athletes Schneider, Spade, Heder To Kick Hairless Butt” ). Sandler, Covert, Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn, Tim Meadows, Bill Romanowski and Sean Salisbury all make cameos.
“It’s about guys playing baseball, old guys playing little kids, at least that’s what it was last time I read it,” Covert joked.
Covert wrote both “Grandma’s Boy” and “The Benchwarmers” with Happy Madison newcomer Nick Swardson, who is also developing several other projects.
“He’s got a horror idea that we’re going to shoot next year at some point,” said Peter Dante, an actor who has appeared in most of the Happy Madison movies. “And we have a mini-golf course, go-kart movie that he and I are going to play rivals in. I have no idea what it’s called, but you’ll be seeing us again soon.”
Swardson is also working on turning one of his characters, Gay Robot, who debuted on Sandler’s Shh … Don’t Tell album (see “Adam Sandler: Inside the Actor’s Studio”), into a series for Comedy Central.
“Gay Robot was a robot that was built and he came out, which is fine, and … I guess you could call him like, the Brad Pitt of robots,” Swardson said. “[The series] is about a professor at a university who builds a robot and the robot comes out gay and moves into the athletic fraternity next door and tutors the fraternity and teaches the guys about accepting [homosexuals].”
Happy Madison is, of course, also behind Sandler’s next movie, “Click,” about a man who finds a remote that allows him to rewind and fast forward to different parts of his life. Frank Coraci, who helmed Happy Madison favorites “The Wedding Singer” and “The Waterboy,” is directing; Happy Madison’s Sander, Tim Herlihy and Jack Giarraputo worked on the script with Mark O’Keefe and Steve Koren, who previously collaborated on “Bruce Almighty.”
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