Adam Sandler pens Netflix deal to make 4 new films, 'Uncut Gems' gets May premiere on platform

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Expect more Adam Sandler in your Netflix feed.

The streaming giant announced Friday that Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions have reached a new deal with Netflix to make four more films. He’s had five films with the studio along with the stand-up special “Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh.”

Netflix leader Ted Sarandos said the company is excited to extend its partnership with Sandler, because audiences “love his stories and his humor.” The company said his 2019 comedy “Murder Mystery” starring him and Jennifer Aniston was the most popular film on Netflix in the U.S. last year and one of the most popular in eight other countries.

Sandler’s latest film “Uncut Gems,” which was released in theaters last year to critical acclaim, will premiere on Netflix in May. Later this year, the actor will star in “Hubie Halloween” with Kevin James, Julie Bowen and Maya Rudolph.

"Uncut Gems” is the story of a man with a gambling problem. That would be Howard (Sandler), who owns a jewelry showroom in New York’s Diamond District, and who is addicted to betting on basketball games, and who never seems to have much luck coming his way. He borrows money to make bets, loses the bets, borrows more money – from other people – to pay off the debts, then borrows more – from yet others – to make more bets.

It’s a movie that offers joyous highs and abysmal lows. Some of it will make you laugh, some of it will make you squirm.

It’s not the kind of Sandler film that will appeal to those longtime fans who bow down to his loud and goofy “Happy Gilmore” side. This shows off the talents of those “other” Sandlers, the ones in “The Wedding Singer” and “Funny People” and the sadly overlooked “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

Contributing: Ed Symkus, More Content Now

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