Sandler to Star in Albom Comedy


Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison have made a preemptive acquisition for the feature writing debut of bestselling author Mitch Albom, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Happy Madison partner Adam Sandler.

Variety says the untitled project is a comedy with emotional elements set in the world of baseball.

Albom’s books “Tuesdays With Morrie,” “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” and, most recently, “For One More Day” have been turned into telepics.

Albom wrote the scripts for “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” and “For One More Day,” the latter of which is in pre-production as an “Oprah Winfrey Presents” project through ABC.