Adam Sandler And Happy Madison To Remake Summer School

Dear Adam Sandler,

For the love of all that his holy, please stop.

I have a deep and heartfelt love of movies like “Billy Madison”, “Happy Gilmore”, “Don’t Mess With the Zohan”, and “The Wedding Singer”. I even have an affection for movies where you do an annoying voice for the entire picture, like “Little Nicky” and “The Waterboy”. Lord knows I get grief for that, but I don’t care, I feel how I feel. I’ll even go so far as to say you were great in “Punch Drunk Love”. That was an unexpected turn that you pulled off wonderfully.

However, despite my fondness for your work, the past year has left me begging for mercy. Between “Jack and Jill”, “Bucky Larson”, and “Just Go With It”, my heart breaks a little bit each time I hear your name attached to a movie.

Now I hear that you, and your Happy Madison production company are helping Paramount’s long-gestating attempt to remake the 1987 comedy “Summer School”. You know the one I’m talking about, where Mark Harmon (“NCIS”) plays a PE teacher who has to cancel his awesome vacation plans to teach an English class over summer break. Yeah, the one with the pair of burnouts obsessed with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and fake gore. As a kid it was like a bright shining beacon telling me that there were other horror nerds like me out there. I love those dudes. Remember the face-eating bunnies? Isn’t that a precious memory?

As a passionate fan of “Summer School”, I have to beg you, please, reconsider the path you’re on. There’s a reason this has been in the works since 2005 but hasn’t come to fruition yet: remaking “Summer School” is a TERRIBLE idea.

“Summer School” is the kind of goofy comedy that doesn’t get much love these days. Ruben Fleischer tried for that aesthetic with “30 Minutes or Less”, and it bombed financially (though I thought it was great). I fear updating this oft-forgotten gem will result in someone forcing it into the crude, foul-mouthed mold that every single movie comedy seems to be these days. Let Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, and Judd Apatow do their thing.

So I humbly beg of you, as a fan of “Summer School”, please stop. Please don’t contribute to the disturbing pattern of Hollywood desecrating my beloved childhood memories. The whole update thing worked wonders with “21 Jump Street”, but that is the exception, not the rule.

Please, reconsider before it is too late.


Brent McKnight

Via : THR