Adam Sandler is expanding his animation empire; the comedian has signed an overall deal to write, produce, and star in a new untitled animated project for STX Entertainment.
The deal, made through Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, is the second announced animation project for the new Hollywood studio STX; the company is also developing an animated feature based on Uglydoll plush toys. No details about Sandler’s project have been announced yet, except that it will be a family-oriented project with an eye toward creating a franchise.
Sandler’s deal with STX is an obvious choice considering that the studio was co-founded by Bob Simonds, who has produced many of Sandler’s films including The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, and Happy Gilmore. The well-funded company, which plans to produce 12-15 motion pictures a year, was profiled recently in The New Yorker.