Netflix has extended its deal with comedian Adam Sandler to encompass four more feature films after his first two were the streaming giant’s biggest-ever film releases.
Sandler inked a four-picture deal with the streaming service in 2014, and while his first two straight-to-Netflix releases registered a combined 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, they have proven to be a serious draw for the platform’s 93 million worldwide subscribers.
The comedian’s third Netflix film, “Sandy Wexler,” premieres on the service April 14. The film is a romantic comedy set in 1990’s Los Angeles that also features Academy Award and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour and Grammy winner Aaron Neville.
Sandler’s movies — including “Grown Ups,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “Billy Madison,” “Big Daddy” and “The Waterboy” — have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide.
“Adam Sandler, one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing.”
“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” Sandler said in the 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.”