Adam Sandler to Release Four More Movies on Netflix

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Adam Sandler, the A-list movie star who cleaned up at the ’90s box office with comedic hits such as “The Waterboy” and “Big Daddy,” is sticking with Netflix.

The streaming network announced on Friday that it will be financing and producing four more features with Sandler, which will be released exclusively in homes.

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“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” Sandler said in a statement. “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.”

In 2014, Netflix made a big play when it signed Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions to a four-movie deal. Netflix, which doesn’t disclose viewership figures, has said that Sandler’s first two comedies, “The Ridiculous 6” and “The Do-Over,” have become the most-watched original films to launch on the service. His next movie, “Sandy Wexler,” will debut April 14 on Netflix.

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By continuing to release movies on Netflix, with its 93 million subscribers worldwide, Sandler has become the first major movie star to bypass theaters and agree to premiere his latest releases in living rooms. Analysts say such a shift could have tremendous implications for the movie business, which is trying to lure consumers to multiplexes for tentpoles like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Furious 8.”

Although his movies have grossed $3 billion, Sandler’s recent projects have disappointed on the big screen. “Pixels,” set in a video game, was a costly bomb for Sony Pictures in 2015. And in 2014, the dark, independent film “Men, Women & Children” earned less than $1 million.

This year, Netflix is continuing to make an aggressive play to expand its original slate of movies. Its upcoming releases include “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt; Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” with Jake Gyllenhaal; and the Sundance darling “Mudbound,” which is expected to be an Oscar contender. These projects will all premiere on Netflix first, with little or no theatrical distribution.

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  1. Sct says:

    Sandler is king.

  2. Andy Britton says:

    as i quote what SJP said in the movie Ed Wood SANDLER YOU ARE INSANE YOU’RE WASTING YOUR LIFE MAKING S**T NOBODY CARES THIES MOVIE./COMEDIES ARE TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >=O

  3. Bob says:

    You people that are hating the FN Do Over was awesome and so was ridiculous 6 along with his work on the films for Kevin James Netflix films

  4. Lisa says:

    Dear God NO! Does he have something on the CEO of Netflix? The Do-over was so horrific, it took 3 days to watch the first 30 minutes, then I decided I’d punished myself enough. Sony learned to back away from Sandler.

    • nerdrage says:

      Yeah, here’s what he has: Reed Hastings can see the viewership numbers for Sandler’s horrible crap, and apparently they’re pretty good, especially in Latin America.

      Here’s the thing about Netflix, they give you predicted ratings so you can avoid ever knowing that Adam Sandler even exists. Rate everything of his one star (or thumbs down when they switch) and that will be the last time Adam Sandler darkens the door of your Netflix home page.

      And why are you taking three days to watch anything? My rule is, if something doesn’t grab me in 5 minutes (10 if I’m feeling generous), it’s gone and on to the next thing. There is way too much available for you to torture yourself.

  5. ChrisCJR says:

    You lost me when you used Pixels as your example of a costly bomb. While it was no big success, it actually made money. A good example of a costly bomb is Sony’s Ghostbusters. For Sandler, Blended or That’s My Boy come to mind, not Pixels which grossed $245 million on a $88 million budget. Especially when you factor in DVD/Blu-ray gross, PIxels is hardly the best example of a bomb. Again, no success, but not a bomb either. Poor research.

  6. cadavra says:

    The Donald Trump of comedy.

  7. Spider says:

    Well isn’t this something?? …I really hope Sandler summons whatever passion he’s got left and make some worthwhile flicks (though, this may be a hell of a stretch). His 90s movies were way better than what he’s offered the last 10-15 years. Though, I still think “Anger Management” was good mainly because of Jack Nicholson. Watching “Ridiculous 6” and “The Do-Over”, both flicks had at least a good chuckle or two and were way better than “Jack and Jill”. C’mon Sandler, how about better quality this time? ..As Rob Schneider would say, “You can do it!!!!…..”

  8. Jimmy Green says:

    Didn’t know Sandler was still alive….his appeal died a long, long time ago.

  9. Bill B. says:

    Did anybody actually watch the first batch?!

  10. John says:

    Doesn’t Netflix have enough shitty movies already?

    • filmex2000 says:

      My feelings exactly. I wanted to like those previous Sandler Netflix films but they just existed, with no reason, often cringeworthy.

      Then this week we hear Netflix is dropping their Star rating system and offering Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down instead.

      We always loved the star system. Over a decade of use and we never tried one 5-star rated item and not found it to be superlative.

      Now a new Sandler ho-hum that elicits a bare majority of “thumbs up” will be ranked as highly as a “Carlos”, “Making A Murderer”, “Black Hawk Down”, “Pulp Fiction” etc.
      Never thought Netflix would specifically attempt to dumb down the culture.

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