×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix Signs Adam Sandler to Exclusive Four-Movie Deal

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.

More Digital

  • How Meta Struggled to Make AR

    The Story Behind Meta, the AR Startup That Just Had Its Assets Sold to a Mystery Buyer

    “It’s a pretty dramatic moment in my life.” To say that Meron Gribetz, co-founder of the augmented reality headset startup Meta, has had a busy couple of months is an understatement. Meta made headlines in September when it furloughed most of its workforce after an investment round from China failed to go through. Since then, [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Farewell to Concubines: China Tightens Restrictions on Short-Form Video Sector

    Bad news for some of China’s 600 million users of short-form video platforms: No more content depicting foot fetishes, spoofs of the national anthem or sympathy for extramarital affairs, according to new regulations. Worse news for the companies that serve such consumers: They’re now expected to step up their censorship efforts and assume responsibility for [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • Netflix Claims 'Fortnite' Is a Bigger

    Netflix Claims 'Fortnite' Is a Bigger Competitor Than HBO

    It may be mostly gamesmanship, but Netflix says it’s not really focused on rival streaming-video services from Amazon, Hulu, Disney, WarnerMedia or other big players as much as improving its own service to win share of consumers’ attention. “We compete with (and lose to) ‘Fortnite’ more than HBO,” Netflix told investors in its quarterly letter [...]

  • Netflix - Apple TV

    Netflix Turns in Record Q4 Subscriber Gain, Price Increase Weighs on U.S. Forecast

    Netflix is beating Wall Street expectations for international subscriber growth — but its recently announced price increase in the U.S. may have put a damper on its momentum in the States. For the fourth quarter of 2018, Netflix reported 1.53 million paid net adds in the U.S. and 7.31 million internationally, to end the year [...]

  • Bird Box

    'Bird Box' Has Been Watched by 80 Million Subscribers, Netflix Says

    Netflix used its Q4 2018 earnings report Thursday to give us a rare update on some of its audience numbers: The company estimates that its horror-thriller “Bird Box” will be viewed by over 80 million member households in the first four weeks following its release. “We are seeing high repeat viewing,” company executives wrote in [...]

  • Crackle Latin America

    Sony Shuts Down Crackle Latin America Business

    Sony Pictures Television is folding the Crackle Latin America subscription VOD service, which has 400,000 subscribers across 17 countries, after concluding the business isn’t economically viable. Crackle Latin America first launched in April 2012 as an ad-supported streaming service — like the U.S. version of Crackle — before switching in 2016 to a subscription video-on-demand [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content