REUTERS: Actor and comedian Adam Sandler has reached a deal with Netflix Inc to make four new movies for the global streaming service, the company said on Friday.
Sandler, a former Saturday Night Live cast member who built a career on films such as Grownups and The Water Boy, has become one of the biggest draws on Netflix, according to the company.
Sandler’s Murder Mystery, co-starring Jennifer Aniston, was ranked the streaming service’s most popular title in the United States in 2019. It is one of six movies and a comedy special he has made for Netflix with his company, Happy Madison Productions, since 2015.
The ranking was based on the number of households watching at least two minutes of a series, film or special during its first 28 days on Netflix in 2019, the streaming service said.
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His upcoming projects for Netflix include Hubie Halloween co-starring Kevin James and Julie Bowen and an animated feature film that Sandler will write and star in as a voice actor.
Netflix is counting on original movies such as Sandler’s to help it compete with new rivals, particularly Walt Disney Co, which has been removing its films from Netflix and taking them to its own Disney+ streaming service.
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