Netflix signs Adam Sandler to four-film deal, actor to star in and produce each movie

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Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service.

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Netflix announced early Thursday that it has landed one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars in its growing push into original movies. The films will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

In a statement, Sandler joked that he agreed to the deal for one reason: Because "Netflix rhymes with wet chicks."

With films that have collectively grossed more than $2.4 billion domestically, Sandler has long been a major box office draw. His last film, though, the romantic comedy "Blended," sputtered with a total of just $46.3 million.

The deal follow's Netflix's announcement that it will stream a sequel to 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in August when the film simultaneously opens on Imax screens.