If you’re an Adam Sandler fan and don’t have a Netflix membership, it might be time to get one.
The New York Times reports the comedian will produce and star in four films to be released exclusively on the streaming service.
Netflix not only claims that Sandler is one of the most-watched stars on its service, but also that the new films will have budgets along the lines of his theatrical releases. Production meetings are kicking off now, with the first film premiering as early as next year.
“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 statement. “Let the streaming begin!”
Of Sandler’s last four live-action films — Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy, Grown Ups 2 and Blended — all but one have earned far more than their budgets after factoring in worldwide sales. That’s My Boy is the outlier, grossing just $57.7 million worldwide off of a $70 million budget. All four movies were made for between $40 million and $80 million.
This follows the announcement that The Weinstein Company and Netflix haveteamed up to release the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on the service and in select IMAX theaters.
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