The Sony Hack, which contains juicy information such as how much Seth Rogen and James Franco were paid ($8.4 and $6.5 million) for The Interview, also reveals just what everyone already suspects: even the people who make Adam Sandler movies are embarrassed by them. Gawker has released what it calls a “raw dump of negative employee feedback,” and most of it is dumping on Sandler.
“There is a general ‘blah-ness’ to the films we produce,” reads one memo. “Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in awhile, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films.” So do movie-goers. Another employee simply asks “And will we still be paying for Adam Sandler? Why?” To be fair, the documents are not all about Sandler, but he seems to figure an awful lot in complaints. There is a general sense that Sony is not hiring the best creative people or focusing on interesting projects, instead opting for movies that appeal to the “least common demomonator slate … a waste of resource and reputation.” Then again, Sandler movies do make money for the studio.