Apparently, a lot of people on Netflix love Adam Sandler, so much that the internet television network will find it necessary to work with the man.
Netflix announced Thursday that Sandler will be working with them developing four feature-length films, all of which would be made available exclusively to users of the streaming service. Any current commitments Happy Madison Productions may have will not be included in the deal, however.
Sandler started his career doing stand-up comedy. He later on joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player and writer before moving on to star, produce, and write numerous films, many of which were hits in the box office like The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, 50 First Dates, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Longest Yard, and Anger Management.
Collectively, his films have raked in over $3 billion globally, making him one of the most recognizable names in the business. In fact, he is one of the few in the world whose films regularly rank as one of the most viewed by Netflix members. And this isn't just in the U.S. Even across all territories that Netflix operates in, Sandler was a big favorite, which is why it wasn't a difficult decision for the network to pursue working with him.
"People love Adam's 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 Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix.
With a subscriber base of more than 50 million and a presence in almost 50 countries, it wasn't difficult either for Sandler to take up Netflix's offer. However, he says he has a different reason for agreeing to the deal, saying yes only because "Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks."
While some of Sandlers latest works have been less than palatable, it would seem that he's done enough remarkably to stay relevant to people, most especially to Netflix members.
Inking a deal with Sandler is the latest in Netflix's efforts to add original films to its lineup of already-over-a-billion hours of content. The streaming service recently announced a partnership with Harvey Weinstein to bring the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend to Netflix on the same day that the movie debuts in IMAX theaters.