Paramount has decided it can score again with “The Longest Yard.”
The studio has set an updated remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds drama-comedy with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. and is seeking a writer on the project.
“It’s a movie we all loved growing up, and it will really work now with an updated feel,” said Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo.
Par and the Sony-based shingle plan to adhere to the basic storyline of the original, in which Reynolds portrayed retired pro football quarterback Paul Crewe, who is sent to prison and forced by a sadistic warden to lead a team of inmates against a team of guards.
Pic, helmed by Robert Aldrich and written by Albert S. Ruddy and Tracy Keenan Wynn, also starred Eddie Albert and Bernadette Peters. “Yard” was a solid grosser for Paramount with about $46 million in domestic box office, helping to establish Reynolds as a leading draw in that era.
Plans for the remake call for boosting the comedy angles, bringing in contemporary elements such as the Internet and possibly partnering with Par-based MTV Films with an eye to casting urban music stars in the pic. Project is not being eyed as a starring vehicle for Sandler.