In any case, it was further proof that Sandler's and James' stars are still burning bright, so the news (via Deadline) that they're teaming up for another comedy feels inevitable. Sony has purchased the pitch for 'Valet Guys,' the not-derivative-in-any-way story of two parking valets who witness a murder and go on the run -- surely getting involved in all sorts wacky and/or zany hijinks.
The script will be written by James and Nick Bakay, a producer on 'The King of Queens' (but more famously known as the voice of Salem the talking cat on 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'). Bakay has a longrunning relationship with the comedian, having also written the groundbreaking masterpiece 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' and the upcoming 'Zookeeper.' The jury's still out on whether or not all future James/Bakay joints will be titled after the lead character's profession.
Perhaps it's unfair to reduce James and Sandler to snide remarks. Both have proven themselves to be very funny men in the past, but their recent choices in projects have left something to be desired. Sadly, brave performances like Sandler's work in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Punch Drunk Love' (and to a lesser extent, his despicable character in Judd Apatow's underrated 'Funny People') have been met with disapointing box office.
From a financial point of view, who can really blame these guys for taking the easy way out? 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' was a huge hit and Jody Hill's subversive, pitch dark 'Observe and Report' (also a comedy about mall security) died at the box office. If audiences keep paying to see junk and avoiding comedies that take chances, Hollywood will keep taking the easy way out -- a shame, since Sandler and James are probably capable of producing truly hilarious work if given the freedom and the opportunity.