Adam Sandler Signs Deal with Netflix

Only a few days ago I blogged about how Netflix was shaking up Hollywood by distributing the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and now word is out that the ambitious and enormously successful streaming service has reached a deal to finance and distribute four brand new Adam Sandler movies.  It's no joke that Netflix wants to be a serious player in the movie-making business, not just dependent on other production companies creating the content it has to deliver.

Sandler isn't a highbrow choice, but he's a personality who is extremely popular -- his movies are bestsellers on the Netflix service.  Here's a list of his filmography:

Going Overboard
Shakes the Clown
Mixed Nuts
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
The Wedding Singer
Dirty Work
The Water Boy
Big Daddy
Little Nicky
The Animal
Punch-Drunk Love
Mr. Deeds
Eight Crazy Nights
The Hot Chick
Pauly Shore Is Dead
Anger Management
50 First Dates
The Longest Yard
Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo
Reign Over Me
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
You Don't Mess With the Zohan
Bedtime Stories
Funny People
Grown Ups
Just Go With It
Jack and Jill
That's My Boy
Hotel Transylvania
Grown Ups 2

(Upcoming: Men Women and Children, Top Five, The Cobbler, and Pixels)

The budget for Sandler's flicks has averaged between 40 million to 80 million dollars.  Will Netflix match that price, or will it skimp and make lower-budget movies in this new deal? Will cheaper Sandler films make critics hate them even more, or will his fans not care?

Say what you will, it is obvious that Netflix isn't playing games, but is committed to developing original programming for its subscribers.