Director Dennis Dugan is set to reteam with frequent star Adam Sandler for Columbia Pictures’ You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, says The Hollywood Reporter. Happy Madison is producing.
The film centers on a Mossad agent (Sandler) who fakes his death so he can move to New York and become a hairstylist. Rob Schneider already has boarded the project as an East Yistannen cab driver. Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel and Sandler wrote the screenplay.
Dugan directed Sandler starrers Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy. He also helmed Benchwarmers, which Happy Madison produced for Revolution Studios.
He most recently directed I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which Sandler toplines. Sony will release the Happy Madison comedy on July 20.
Shooting for “Zohan” will begin in the summer in Los Angeles and New York. The studio is eyeing a summer 2008 release.