It looks like the streaming giant was a great place for original films, after all.
Adam Sandler has starred one hit film after the other for 20 years. He is one of the most proven and bankable stars in history. Even without being acclaimed like other stars, he made films that pleased millions of people around the world. As a matter of fact, his film Murder Mystery, with Jennifer Aniston, was the most-watched filmed on Netflix the year it debuted.
How did he manage to conquer the Netflix pay scale?
Before changing the game on Netflix, Adam Sandler was busy turning into a box office powerhouse, producing hit films with relative ease.
Many people got familiar with him while he was on Saturday Night Live, but he became a household name after setting foot in the big screen, with films like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison.
The unique style his films had was helpful in making them stand out. These early victories proved to be the catalyst for his career reaching another level.
The deal with Netflix
After cashing in the box office for years, Adam Sandler had nothing to prove. Netflix saw a great opportunity to venture into new territories with him, and once they signed a deal, things changed pretty fast.
The unprecedented deal was announced back in 2014: Sandler would create films exclusively for Netflix and, in exchange, the streaming platform would reward him with a huge $250 million payday.
Netflix had been doing some original work before this deal, but this was so huge that it made the headlines. Sandler´s film generated a considerable amount of traffic to the platform and his deal was extended in 2017.
It has been reported that Netflix and Sandler struck a deal earlier this year, which should get him $275 million in the long run. This is, by far, the biggest contract that Netflix has signed with an actor to star in features and it comes to show how much power Sandler still maintains after breaking out back in the 90s.