Netflix Content Chief Defends Adam Sandler Deal After First Two Movies Are Critical Flops

In a roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says there are no regrets over signing a multi-picture deal with Adam Sandler after the first two films produced for the streaming service received some of the lowest-ever scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sandler’s first Netflix film, the comedy western “The Ridiculous 6”, received scathing reviews, and has a 0 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while his follow-up, “The Do-Over” only managed a five per cent approval rating.

However, Sarandos contends in the interview that despite the negative reviews, both of Sandler’s films were successful for the streaming service, reflecting how Sandler’s big-screen efforts are typically slammed by critics while raking in millions at the box office.

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“The two Adam Sandler movies premiered at No. 1 in every single territory of Netflix around the world,” contends Sarandos. “‘The Do-Over’ is still in the top 10 in nearly all of them. It’s been a hugely successful deal, and he’s got another one called ‘Sandy [Wexler]’. The thing that is most global on Netflix is Adam Sandler.”

Sandler’s “Sandy Wexler” will see Sandler portray a washed-up talent agent in 1990s Los Angeles, and is slated to debut on Netflix next year.




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