Netflix Signs Adam Sandler to Exclusive Four-Movie Deal

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Netflix’s movie-deal machinery isn’t slowing down: The Internet-video service has inked a pact with Adam Sandler to star in and produce four films to be available exclusively on Netflix worldwide.

The first movie under the pact could arrive as soon as 2015. Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. will work with Netflix to develop the four films — presumably comedies, although the genres aren’t set in stone. The Netflix deal does not cover Sandler’s current studio film commitments.

News comes after Netflix earlier this week announced an unusual deal with the Weinstein Co. to release “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” the same day it’s released in IMAX theaters; major U.S. exhibitors, however, have said they will not show the film because of the Netflix arrangement.

Sandler’s films have grossed about $3.9 billion worldwide at the box office, although his most recent film, Warner Bros.’ “Blended,” took in a disappointing $46 million domestically this summer. According to Netflix, he’s among the few actors whose movies consistently rank among the most-viewed by subscribers in the U.S. and in other its other regions, ranging from Brazil to the U.K.

“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,'” Sandler said in a prepared statement. “Let the streaming begin!”

Sandler joined NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as a writer in 1990 and became featured player the following year. He went on to star in, produce and write numerous films, including “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.”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Sandler’s appeal “spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line — not just in the U.S. but all over the world.”

Sandler’s next two films are Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” and “The Cobbler,” both of which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Thesp also stars in Sony Pictures action-comedy “Pixels,” slated to bow July 24, 2015.

Sandler is repped by WME and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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  1. jbdean says:

    For the naysayers, Adam and Rob Schneider are just good guys that make silly films. I think we need that. People take everything so seriously now-a-days. It’s great to just sit down and watch a goofy movie. I think people miss out on a lot when they expect “everything” to be spectacular. In the old days his movies would be called B movies and know what? B movies helped support Hollywood through its toughest times. I’m glad Netflix signed him and I look forward to watching every single one he does (here and elsewhere). Been a fan since SNL (those two – and Jim Carey – are the ONLY ones I think that show every produced worth anything since the original cast) and will always be a fan. :D

  2. jbdean says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider! The Ridiculous 6 was funny!!! So glad I have this network/station. <3 Thank you for signing Adam!! Looking forward to his movies with you.

  3. Sasi Doddapaneni says:

    Bye bye Netflix (one we’re done watching House of Cards).

  4. iamronni says:

    He sounds like a douche.

  5. Robbie says:

    Other than Adam Sandler, is anyone else happy with this? I haven’t seen a positive comment yet.

  6. jeglackin says:

    Thanks for the warning. Sell Netflix shares.

  7. JuJu says:

    And based on what I’ve seen from previous Sandler films, he’ll make all four in one week.

  8. CW says:

    Why does Netflix want to waste money on this tired, dreary persona and his sludgy scripts…….awful viewing fit only for morons.

  9. Jedi77 says:

    Kind of makes me wanna cancel my subscription.
    I love their productions so far, but Sandler reeks.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      I couldn’t have said it better. His movies used to deliver head scratching respectable box office numbers but they have declined a lot in recent years. He probably needs Netflix more than Netflix needs him now. But, really Netflix? Adam Sandler is the best you can do?

  10. The last Sandler movie I kind of enjoyed was Happy Gilmore. I have no interest wasting my time watching him on Netflix.

  11. JohnUptow says:

    Did they sign up with the expectation that we’d all go back in time to when he was a relevant actor?

  12. stoopkid says:

    Netflix is getting huge with the marvel deals , house of cards , etc. now this. Then disney films come in 2016.

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