While there isn’t a ton to laugh about when it comes to the massive hack that compromised the personal information of thousands of Sony employees, the fact that all their complaints became public is kind of funny. And while there were many different kinds of complaints registered, one name seemed to come up time and again: Adam Sandler.
Many employees really seem to resent Sandler, and the amount of money the studio spends on making his movies. Among their complaints are:
There is a general "blah-ness" to the films we produce. Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in a while, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films. Let's raise the bar a little on the films we produce, and inspire employees that they are working on the next Social Network. That said, there's a strange dichotomy of encouraging us to be fiscally responsible, but then upper management allows certain talent and filmmakers to bleed us dry with their outlandish requests for private jets, wardrobe and grooming stylists - and are surprised when they are asked to work more than 5 hours to promote their film.
In TV and Theatrical, I hope management looks closely at the money spent on development and term deals to ensure efficiency. There are a lot of term deal personnel as well as creative personnel, yet we only release a dozen or so Columbia Pictures a year, for example. And will we still be paying for Adam Sandler? Why?
It is commendable that SPE understands/supports the importance of risk-taking, particularly in how we pick films to greenlight. However, the studio needs to change deal structure that has been in place with Happy Madison, as this arrangement has disproportionately benefitted Adam Sandler and his team, relative to SPE.
Anyone who has seen Little Nicky or Jack and Jill can totally see where these people coming from.