Back when it was announced that Adam Sandler had signed a four picture deal with Netflix, there was a lot of misplaced schadenfreude. On the face of it, a lot of people were happily interpreting this whole thing as a career blow for Sandler when it’s likely anything but. Netflix is a very smart company and it’s not like Sandler and his posse work for scale so the likelihood is that whatever metrics Netflix is looking at (info we don’t have a prayer of obtaining) indicate that the money they stand to gain from this outweighs the rather large above-the-line costs for these comedies.
With that out of the way, the first movie out of the gate looks to be called Ridiculous 6. Per The Wrap, it was previously set up at Sony and Paramount. It’s a Western and the cast includes names not old and new to Happy Madison with Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz, Vanilla Ice, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Chris Parnell and Lavell Crawford set to appear. The movie was written by Sandler and frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy, with a director announcement coming soon. It starts shooting next month.
I’m not always a huge Adam Sandler fan, but I oddly found myself really liking That’s My Boy, which is one of his least successful “on brand” movies. If Netflix allows him the freedom to make something that amazingly off color and tacky with Ridiculous 6, I’m onboard.