Col calls on ‘Kopps’ for Sandler

Happy Madison, Primal Pictures producing pic

Columbia Pictures has paid mid-six against low-seven figures to option English-language remake rights to the Swedish film “Kopps” as a vehicle for Adam Sandler to produce.

Pic will be produced by Sandler and Jack Giarraputo via thesp’s Happy Madison shingle. Also producing are Amanda Klein and Michael Nash’s Primal Pictures, which brought pic to Happy Madison exec Tom McNulty.

Pic is the story of a small town that’s so crime-free the local police station is about to be closed. Desperate to save their jobs, two officers go on a crime spree in hopes of proving the station’s necessity.

Col optioned rights to pic from the original’s producer, Lars Jonsson, who was repped by Anonymous Content. Col co-prexy of production Doug Belgrad is overseeing for the studio.

No screenwriter is attached, though the project has been discussed with writers, including “Anger Management” scribe David Dorfman.

“Kopps” was directed and co-written by 25-year-old helmer Josef Fares and released in Sweden in February.

Sandler is in production on Col’s comedy/romance “50 First Kisses,” which Happy Madison is producing with Anonymous.

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