After finding success with original television shows aired exclusively on Netflix such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the company announced on Thursday that it signed Adam Sandler to a four-movie deal.
The films will be distributed under Sandler’s Happy Madison company, bypassing theaters and be made available directly for Netflix subscribers. There has been no word on how much Sandler will be paid, but it’s reported by Forbes that Sandler still has star power in demanding a $15 million paycheck.
Here’s the press release from Netflix regarding the deal:
Beverly Hills, Calif. October 2, 2014–Netflix, the worlds leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the worlds top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.
People love Adams films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line — not just in the US but all over the world, said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
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!!!!
Under the deal announced today, Sandlers Happy Madison Productions will work alongside Netflix to develop the four films and to premiere them exclusively to members in the nearly 50 countries where Netflix operates. Current studio film commitments are not included in this deal.
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 Dont Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.
Sandler 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.
The move comes as a surprise to many, considering the recent poor performances of Sandler’s movies such as Blended and That’s My Boy. Sandler’s films have never been praised by film critics, but there’s a drastic difference in comedic quality from films like The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore versus Jack & Jill, Grown Ups 2, and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.
Sandler has been known to take serious roles, such as Punch-Drunk Love, Funny People, and Reign Over Me, all of which have “Fresh” ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s unknown whether the films on Netflix will be a mix of serious and comedy, or just full on comedy filled with Sandler’s raunchy humor.
There’s no word on what the budget of the movies will be, but many speculate that the movies could be low budget, specifically of straight-to-video films.
What do you think of the news? Will you tune into watch?