Netflix to produce four feature films with Adam Sandler
| 03 October 2014
Days after its entry into original films, Netflix will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comedian Adam Sandler, whose films have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Sandler, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office, is among the actors whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the US and across its global territories from Brazil to the UK.
"People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "His appeal spans across viewers of all ages – everybody has a favourite film, everyone has a favourite line – not just in the US but all over the world."
Under the deal – hot on the heels of announcing its first original movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Sandler's Happy Madison Productions will work alongside Netflix to develop the four films and to premiere them exclusively to members in the countries where Netflix operates. 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 ... Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks," said Sandler. "Let the streaming begin."
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, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.
Sandler also has received critical accolades for his work in Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, and two upcoming films, Men, Women & Children and The Cobbler, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.