Seward area sees film crews working on upcoming Adam Sandler project

Image posted to SprocketHeads Facebook page captioned "on location in Seward, Alaska, filming 2nd Unit for the Adam Sandler/Netflix movie SANDY WEXLER."
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Anchorage, AK (KTUU) An Alaska-based production company is contributing photography work to an upcoming Adam Sandler project, “Sandy Wexler.”

SprocketHeads says the second unit team was filming at least a portion of the film’s content in the area surrounding Seward. The photography wrapped up this month and took about a week.

The owner of SprocketHeads, Carolyn Robinson, said the filmed segments will take up a small portion of the film.

“It’s going to be a small amount. The exact amount I don’t know, because as you well know, everything changes in the edit room, […] but it will be a small amount.”

Robinson said Adam Sandler and co-star Jennifer Hudson will be represented in the Seward area shots via body doubles, who were found by casting directors right here in Alaska.

“It was weird, because we found people in Alaska, especially the woman who doubled for Jennifer Hudson, because she looked really like Jennifer Hudson, the right size and everything,” Robinson said.

The company’s cinematographer, Steven L. Rychetnik, was in Seward shooting on-location. Rychetnik has worked on motion pictures partially based in Alaska such as “The Frozen Ground,” “Big Miracle,” and “Beyond.”

In a post online, the film is said to be an “Adam Sandler/Netflix” movie, so may not see a wide theatrical release. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the movie will also feature frequent Sandler collaborators Kevin James of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" fame, and Rob Schneider, known for his role in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."

SprocketHeads, which has operated since 1995, said they are unable to divulge more details regarding the film as Netflix is currently overseeing its promotion.