Netflix Signs Sandler To Another 4 Film Deal!
Adam Sandler is a name that can simultaneously conjure feelings of both nostalgia (from the time when the actor could do no wrong), and utter disdain for the quality of his current work. Generally, Adam made great films and had that zesty spark that made going to his films enjoyable. Some of the films in question include Billy Madison, Airheads, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, and 50 First Dates.
However, we then have modern day Adam Sandler who seems to not care and does nothing but phone in his “performances.” It really seems like he’s given up. Seriously, tell me it doesn’t. With the exception of Funny People and MAYBE two or three other films, how many passable movies has Sandler made since 2005? Well, since 2005, he’s made nearly 30 films. With all things considered, that’s not that great.
Studios keep teaming up with Happy Madison productions to make less-than-mediocre flicks. In 2013, he was listed on Forbes’ list of “The Most Overpaid Actors” (based on his three most recent films). Sandler was only worth $3.40 for every dollar they paid him. Look at his 2014 dramatic comedic fantasy The Cobbler which only grossed $1,210, 265 theatrically worldwide which was made on a budget of $10 million. In comparison, his Grown-Ups costar Kevin James was once listed in their “Best Actors For Your Buck” list where they discovered he had a return of $22.40 for every dollar he was paid.
Sandler made headlines back in 2014 when it was announced that he had signed a 4 film deal with streaming giant, Netflix. The first of those films was “Ridiculous 6”, a satirical Western comedy that came out in 2015 and was viewed more times in 30 days than any other film in the history of Netflix. The second film was The Do-Over in 2016 where Sandler starred alongside David Spade. The third film, which came out in 2017, was Sandy Wexler where Sandler plays a caricature of his real-life talent manager, Sandy Wernick. The last film in this block will be The Meyerowitz Stories where Sandler will star alongside Candice Bergen, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Ben Stiller. The film is listed as “completed” on IMDB and has a release date of May 2017.
In early 2017, it was announced that Sandler has signed on for yet another 4 films with the company! Since the first film premiered back in 2015, Netflix’s 99 million users have spent over 500 million hours watching Sandler’s movies.
Yikes. It’s clear that the traditional route wasn’t working for Sandler anymore, but the numbers don’t lie and people still love watching his movies. They just aren’t willing to spend money to see them in theaters. So here’s to hoping that the second batch of Netflix’s Sandler films is better than the first – as of right now the latest (Sandy Wexler) is by-far the best they have done together. We have only one question. Do they all have to be comedies?