Netflix boss defends decision to fund critically annihilated Adam Sandler movies

Sandler's two movies for the streaming service has received uncommonly poor reviews

Netflix’s chief content officer has defended the streaming service’s decision to team up with Adam Sandler for a multi-movie deal.

Sandler’s first film for Netflix, comedy western The Ridiculous 6, premiered in December to universally terrible reviews and currently holds a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sandler’s second Netflix picture, The Do-Over, followed in May and holds a slightly better Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 5%.

“The two Adam Sandler movies premiered at No. 1 in every single territory of Netflix around the world. The Do-Over is still in the top 10 in nearly all of them,” chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Sandy Wexler, a comedy set in the world of showbusiness in ’90s LA, will debut on Netflix in 2017. It will be the third film in Sandler’s four-movie deal with the streaming service.

Meanwhile, new figures suggest that Netflix’s big summer hit Stranger Things could be even more popular than its other buzz-building original series House Of Cards and Making A Murderer.