The Safdie brothers are making another film with Uncut Gems actor Adam Sandler, and while the movie is taking a while, it’ll probably pay off.
The Safdie brothers, the directors behind Uncut Gems are already hard at work on their next movie with Adam Sandler – but it's taking a really long time. Due to their smaller productions, turnaround times for indie movies are often much shorter than big blockbusters, which can be in development and production for years on end. The Safdie brothers, however, tend to have pretty long development times on their movies, and their second collaboration with Adam Sandler after Uncut Gems is no exception.
Josh and Benny Safdie are an acclaimed duo of directors, with the brothers having worked together on several critically successful and award-winning films. While the Safdies got their start on movies like The Pleasaure of Being Robbed and Daddy Longlegs, their careers really took off with 2017's Good Time, which stars Robert Pattinson. After the success of Good Time, the directing duo took on a more ambitious project: the Uncut Gems movie. Starring Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems is an incredibly tense thriller and one of the best-reviewed movies of 2019. Since then, viewers have been eagerly awaiting the Safdie brothers' next film – but it may still be a while away.
The Safdie brothers' next film will reunite the directors with Adam Sandler, with the actor returning after the critical acclaim he received due to his performance in the Uncut Gems film. However, the next collaboration between the Safdies and Sandler is seemingly still a long way away from appearing for audiences due to the Safdie brothers' writing process. Adam Sandler has revealed that the Safdies' first draft was 340 pages, with the Safdies constantly sending Sandler new drafts and updated scripts. A rule of thumb is that one page equals one minute of screentime, meaning that the first draft would have a runtime of over five hours. According to Sandler, "They just don’t stop writing and thinking and coming at every angle they can, and this movie we’re going to do is pretty amazing."
While the Safdie brothers' new movie may be long, this lengthy writing time could mean that the film turns out to be better than Uncut Gems. The Safdies are putting years into writing this script, constantly doing rewrites so that it can be as perfect as it needs to be. Despite the script's length, Adam Sandler raved about the story, suggesing whatever the final product is will be decidedly strong. After how good Uncut Gems was, the Safdie's next project is sure to be just as good, and the amount of time, passion, and creativity that is being put into the new script signals that it could be even better.
Taking a long time to make a film is nothing new for the Safdie brothers, as Uncut Gems fared similarly. The Safdie brothers first came up with the movie idea in 2009, and attempted to approach Sandler this year, but were unable to get him for the movie, causing the Safdies to put the film on hold. They decided to do the movie without Adam Sandler in 2016, but the actor actually joined the project in 2018. Uncut Gems was finally released in 2019 after ten years of waiting, so hopefully the Safdie brothers' new film won't take as long.
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