By Nicole Sperling
February 13, 2009 at 08:22 AM EST

Now that Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) has been declared the new every man, it’s of little surprise that he’s turning his attention from the shopping mall to the zoo in MGM’s upcoming film The Zookeeper. James will star and Frank Coraci (Click, The Wedding Singer) will direct this comedy about a zoo caretaker who gets along better with the animals in his charge than with any humans. Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison is producing along with Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions. Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) used to be attached to the project but is now doing Wild Hogs 2. Coraci is a longtime collaborator with Sandler, also working with him on The Waterboy. James, who starred with Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, just signed on to do another untitled Sandler comedy at Sony.