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Sony, Sandler to back ‘Jack’

Happy Madison, Broken Road to produce Zook script

Sony has preemptively bought comedy pitch “Jack and Jill” from scribe Ben Zook, with Adam Sandler eying a possible role and producing through his shingle Happy Madison with Todd Garner’s Broken Road.

Studio and producers are keeping the logline under wraps.

Sandler, who runs Happy Madison with partner Jack Giarraputo, has only committed to producing.

Producer-manager Bettina Sofia Viviano took the project to Broken Road, the production shingle launched last fall by Garner, previously a partner at Revolution.

Garner got Happy Madison on board before Broken Road’s Sean Robbins pitched Sony exec Doug Belgrad.

Sandler will be seen in theaters next month in Revolution and Columbia’s comedy “Click.”

Zook has sold a handful of pitches around town, including “Weddingville” and “Tom, Dick and Harry” to New Line, “I Hate Valentine’s Day” to Revolution and “Housemother” to MGM.

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