Netflix orders four more Adam Sandler films
James R | On 31, Jan 2020
Netflix is extending its partnership with Adam Sandler for another four films.
Adam Sandler can currently be seen in Josh and Benny Safdie’s critically acclaimed Uncut Gems, which hit Netflix worldwide today (except for the USA). He has won a host of awards for his role in the intense, unique drama, but he has already been enjoying a wave of success with Netflix, following his exclusive production deal with the streaming giant. Indeed, his film Murder Mystery, which reunited him with Jennifer Aniston, was the most popular title on Netflix in the US last year, and Netflix’s most popular film. It was also the number one most popular title in eight other countries including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Singapore and UAE. 83 million households worldwide chose to watch the movie in its first four weeks on Netflix.
Sandler began his career as a stand-up comedian and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player before founding Happy Madison Productions. He went on to star, produce and write numerous films which went on to become box office hits. In 2014, the multi-hyphenate actor, writer, producer and occasional singer-songwriter set his sights on conquering the streaming world and his films have proven hits on Netflix.
The Ridiculous 6 was the first film Sandler made with the studio, followed by The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Week Of and Murder Mystery, as well as critically acclaimed stand-up special 100% Fresh. Since 2015, the year The Ridiculous 6 premiered, members have spent more than 2 billion hours watching Adam Sandler on Netflix.
Later this year, Sandler will star in Sandler’s Netflix family film Hubie Halloween alongside Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Maya Rudolph, Rob Schneider, Kenan Thompson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Chiklis, Tim Meadows, Noah Schnapp, Paris Berelc, China Anne McClain and Shaquille O’Neal. He also has an animated feature film that he will write, produce, and star in as a voice actor in the works at the studio.
Now, Netflix has decided to extend its agreement for four more movies.
“Whether you know him as Sandman, the Water Boy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Nick Spitz or simply Adam, one thing is clear: our members can’t get enough of him,” says Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “They love his stories and his humour, as we saw with Murder Mystery. So I could not be more excited to extend our partnership with Adam and the Happy Madison team and deliver more laughs around the world.”
Netflix extends Adam Sandler deal
24th March 2017
Netflix is extending its deal with Adam Sandler.
Sandler, whose films have grossed over $3 billion at the box office, was one of the first big names the streaming giant signed up for its growing development slate of original features. In 2014, Netflix agreed a deal with the comedian for four films, citing the fact that he was one of the few people whose films consistently ranked among the most viewed by Netflix customers around the world, with subscribers watching them again and again across all age brackets.
Since then, Netflix has distributed Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over. While their reception has been mixed at best, the films have evidently found their target audience. Indeed, they have found “enormous success”, according to the streaming service.
“Sandler’s first two Netflix films… are the biggest film releases for the service,” says Netflix.
And so, as Sandler prepares to launch his third Netflix original, Sandy Wexler, on 14th April, the company has commissioned another quartet of movies from the comedian.
Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce each film.
“Adam Sandler [is] one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world,” says Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing.”
“[I] love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” adds Sandler. “I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see. They’ve made me feel like family and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”
Sandy Wexler sees Sandler returs to the genre that gave us The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, with Netflix describing the movie as “a fun, feel-good romantic comedy”. It features a cast that includes Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Jane Seymour, and more.
Sandler is not only spending time with Netflix these days, though: the comedian is about to do a US tour, and will soon be seen in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy, Meyerowitz, alongside Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson.
Netflix, meanwhile, continues to line up new projects on its development slate, recently bringing on board former Universal chief Scott Stuber to help lead its push into original film production. Since Stuber’s appointment, Netflix has acquired the rights to restore and distribute Orson Welles’ final film, acquired Sundance documentary Strong Island, and signed up Justin Lin’s new film, The Stand Off. It is also in talks for Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott’s War Party.
Upcoming Netflix original releases for 2017 include Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery, starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara and Robert Redford, David Michôd’s War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Duncan Jones’ Mute, starring Alex Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, Dee Rees’ Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, and David Ayer’s Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
In the meantime, here’s a clip from Sandy Wexler:
Adam Sandler to make four original movies for Netflix
2nd October 2014
Adam Sandler fans rejoice! The comedian and actor will make four original feature films exclusively for Netflix.
Sandler began his career as a stand-up comedian and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player before starring in, producing and writing numerous films, including the box office smashes The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, The Longest Yard, Big Daddy, Anger Management, 50 First Dates, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and You Dont Mess with the Zohan.
Sandler, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally, already has seven movies on Netflix UK – one of the higher amounts per actor. In fact, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says he is among the few performers whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members around the globe.
“People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages – everybody has a favourite movie, everyone has a favourite line – not just in the US but all over the world.”
Indeed, Sandler has received critical accolades for his work in Punch-Drunk Love, Funny People and two upcoming films, Men, Women & Children and The Cobbler, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. He has received significantly fewer critical accolades for Jack and Jill and Grown Ups, which are both on Netflix UK, but he clearly does enjoy a loyal following – the two films in question have average user ratings of 3.8 stars and 3.5 out of 5 respectively.
Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will work alongside Netflix to develop the four films and to premiere them exclusively to members. Current studio film commitments are not included in this deal.
“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only,” adds Sandler. “Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks.”