Apatow Signs Sandler, Rogan, And Mann For Next Comedy

Judd Apatow has tapped Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann to star in the next comedy he’ll direct.

Untitled pic will be a co-production of Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, with production to start in late summer or early fall.

Apatow, the sole writer on the project, is keeping the plot under wraps. While the studios will split the costs, U will distribute worldwide. Dealmaking is under way with his cast, and producing credits are still being worked out.

Apatow continues to work with familiar faces: He and Sandler collaborated to write, with Robert Smigel, Don’t Mess With the Zohan, the Sandler starrer that Columbia will release June 6. Rogen and Mann starred in Apatow’s first two feature directing efforts, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

Mann (who is married to Apatow) stars with Owen Wilson in Drillbit Taylor, which Rogen co-wrote and Apatow produced. Paramount releases the comedy March 21.

Apatow also produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the comedy that stars Jason Segel, who, like Rogen, began in the ensemble of the Apatow-exec produced TV series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. Universal releases that comedy April 18.

Sandler is shooting the Adam Shankman-directed comedy Bedtime Stories for Disney, while Mann stars opposite Zac Efron in the Burr Steers-directed “17 Again” for New Line. Rogen, who lends his voice to Horton Hears a Who, which Fox releases Friday, is shooting Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Credit: Variety