By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
Palisadian Adam Sandler’s movie “Hubie Halloween” was set to shoot pick-up shots on Saturday, July 11, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sandler stars as Hubie Dubois, a quirky community volunteer who is mocked by old and young people alike because of his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, and its legendary Halloween extravaganza. Yet, everything is about to change for Dubois when he finds himself at the center of a real murder case and it’s up to him to save Halloween.
Sandler’s co-stars include Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Kevin James (“Kevin Can Wait”), Steve Buscemi (“Fargo”), Maya Rudolph (“Wine Country”), former Palisadian Ray Liotta (“Marriage Story,”), Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalow,”), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”).
Other notables include Melissa Villaseñor (“Saturday Night Live”) and a role by former professional basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. Steven Brill (“Mr. Deeds”) directs the film, co-written by Sandler and longtime cohort Tim Herlihy.
According to reports, the reshoots will center around scenes with Bowen. To prepare for shooting during a pandemic, the production team tested for COVID-19 on July 6 and agreed to isolate for a week until the filming resumes on July 11.
California Governor Gavin Newsom gave the “green light” for film productions to continue since June 12. However, in light of the increasing COVID-19 cases, new restrictions have been added in the county and it is yet to be determined how this will impact the entertainment industry in future days.
The Netflix project is being produced through Sandler’s Happy Madison, founded in 1999. The production company derived its name from two box office successes, “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison,” both starring Sandler. Those pictures were written by the same team as the upcoming “Hubie Halloween”—Sandler and Herlihy.
The Halloween flick marks the sixth film in Sandler’s deal with Netflix. A release date for “Hubie Halloween” has not been determined.
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