Burt’s back for another go at “The Longest Yard.”
Burt Reynolds will star opposite Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in Paramount/Sony’s remake of the pic, set to lense in July. He’ll portray the coach of the team of inmates forced to play football against a team of guards.
In the original “Longest Yard,” released in 1974 by Par, Reynolds starred as retired pro football quarterback and prison inmate; Michael Conrad portrayed the coach of the inmates.
Reynolds was a star running back at Florida State U. for two seasons but turned to acting after suffering a knee injury on a punt return in 1955.
Sandler is producing with Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo, MTV Films prexy Van Toffler and exec VP David Gale. Par exec VP Brian Witten is overseeing for the studio.
Par and Sony-based Happy Madison plan to adhere to the basic storyline of the original, helmed by Robert Aldrich and written by Albert S. Ruddy and Tracy Keenan Wynn. “The Longest Yard” was a solid hit when it was released in 1974, grossing $46 million in domestic box office and helping to establish Reynolds as a leading B.O. draw in that era.
The “Yard” remake was set up last summer by Paramount at Happy Madison and MTV. Sandler was not planning to star but decided to topline after reading Sheldon Turner’s script; Sony also agreed at that point to co-finance with Par. Snoop Dogg had been expected to be in the cast, but he is no longer attached.
Reynolds next will be seen as a backwoods hermit in Paramount’s “Without a Paddle,” a comedy that mildly spoofs another ’70s Reynolds vehicle, “Deliverance.” He recently wrapped “Forget About It,” co-starring with Raquel Welch, Charles Durning and Robert Loggia, and he is due to star soon in “Cloud Nine” for Albert Ruddy.