Adam Sandler is getting the Netflix treatment, but instead of a stand-up comedy special, Sandler will produce and star in four feature-length films to be seen exclusively on the video streaming giant. “People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again,” stated Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “His appeal spans across viewers of all ages, not just in the US but all over the world.” Netflix has over 50 million members worldwide. Sandler, whose films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide, is the first high-profile talent to receive such a deal.
His recent comedy flicks have been hit or miss with critics and fans, with box office successes like Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 and flops like Blended and his Razzie Award-winning (losing?) cross-dressing flick Jack and Jill. Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will work with Netflix to develop the films, hoping to create a new Billy Madison instead of Jack and Jill-er: The Sequel. No announcement yet if the Netflix movies will be comedies or if we’ll see some of Sandler’s dramatic acting chops, as we have seen in Reign Over Me and Punch-Drunk Love. “When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes,” the comedian said. “[I did it] for one reason and one reason only…Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks! Let the streaming begin!” Sandler will be seen in the upcoming films Men, Women & Children and The Cobbler.