Director Frank Coraci who, given his filmography (Click, The Waterboy, and The Wedding Singer comprise 60% of his total output), is generally loathe to drag himself away from Adam Sandler, has been hired by New Line to direct a Sandler-free film. The new project is a graphic novel-based PI thriller called Hawaiian Dick that "tells the story of a down-on-his-luck big-city detective who gets involved in a kidnapping case of a local island girl who turns up dead." What makes this already cool-sounding (just say "detective", and I'm there) plot even better are its setting - 1950s Hawaii - and its twist - the girl "won't stay [dead]." Sweet.

I realize, of course, that what sounds cool to me probably sounds like complete crap to about 80% of you. But here's the thing - way back in his pre-Sandler days, Coraci directed a thriller called Murdered Innocence, which is reportedly a not-bad revenge flick. It was actually his first film, which means he's not only not as new to thrillers as you might expect, but also just might be a fan of the genre. And that's promising, right?