Paul Thomas Anderson Is Filming Adam Sandler’s Upcoming Netflix Special

Tuesday night's LA taping marked the first time the two have officially worked together since the director's 2002 film "Punch-Drunk Love."
Adam Sandler and Paul Thomas AndersonTORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, CANADA - SEP 2002Director Paul Thomas Anderson and Adam Sandler at the press conference for the film "Punch-Drunk Love" at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 8, 2002.Toronto, Ontario, CanadaPhoto® Matt Baron/
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UPDATE (4:22 PM ET): A source close to the production confirms the following:

“Steven Brill is directing and Paul Thomas Anderson filmed a portion of Adam’s stand-up set in Los Angeles on April 10.”

After more than a decade of waiting for a reunion, “Punch-Drunk Love” fans may soon have their wish. On April 10, Adam Sandler filmed a new Netflix special in at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, and the man behind the camera that evening was his former (and now future) collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson.

A sharp-eyed Twitter user spotted Anderson filming the marquee outside the theater, where he appears to be shooting on film:

It’s the first time the two have officially worked together since the 2002 film, which starred Sandler, Emily Watson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Anderson’s representatives could not comment in regard to whether the filmmaker will be credited as the director of the special. IndieWire has reached out to Netflix and Sandler’s representatives for comment.) The night’s event was billed to the public as “An Evening with Adam Sandler.”

Sandler will perform again Wednesday night at Los Angeles’ Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theatre.

Sandler is currently in the midst of an ongoing deal with the streaming service, which has included original films like “The Ridiculous 6,” “Sandy Wexler,” and the upcoming “The Week Of.” Sandler also starred in last year’s Noah Baumbach film “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which premiered at Cannes before debuting on Netflix in October.

For Anderson, it’s his first official project with Netflix and the first non-music video project since “Phantom Thread.” As of now, “Boogie Nights” is the only one of his eight feature-length films that’s currently available on the service. (Maybe now, he won’t have to borrow a login from his friend anymore.)

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