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(Reuters) – Actor and comedian Adam Sandler has reached a offer with Netflix Inc to make four new movies for the international streaming assistance, the company said on Friday.

Sandler, a former “Saturday Evening Live” solid member who created a career on movies this sort of as “Grownups” and “The H2o Boy,” has turn out to be one of the greatest draws on Netflix, according to the company.

Sandler’s “Murder Mystery,” co-starring Jennifer Aniston, was rated the streaming service’s most well-liked title in the United States in 2019. It is one of six movies and a comedy distinctive he has designed for Netflix with his company, Happy Madison Productions, given that 2015.

His approaching projects for Netflix contain “Hubie Halloween” co-starring Kevin James and Julie Bowen and an animated characteristic movie that Sandler will compose and star in as a voice actor.

Netflix is counting on original movies this sort of as Sandler’s to enable it contend with new rivals, especially Walt Disney Co, which has been taking away its films from Netflix and having them to its personal Disney+ streaming assistance.

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Dan Grebler

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