Netflix Inks Indie Darlings Jay And Mark Duplass To Adam Sandler-esque Deal


News has broken of yet another landmark deal for Netflix. Per Deadline, the streaming platform has inked brothers Jay and Mark Duplass to a four-film deal, reminiscent of the company’s recent four-film deal with maestro of schlock, Adam Sandler. The key difference here is that Sandler’s films are Netflix exclusives, while each feature of the Duplass quartet will see a brief theatrical run.

The news came out of Sundance, where Netflix numbers among the many buyers and the Duplass brothers have a hand in four different productions: The BronzeThe OvernightTangerine, and Animals. That fact alone exemplifies the difference between the Sandler and Duplass deals: the former makes big, dumb comedies that make the money while the latter make smaller indie fare that garners acclaim. Ted Sarandos said as much when the deal was announced: “Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things like this as well.”

Netflix has become a rather dependable font for landmark news, with the content provider somehow becoming less surprising the more interesting it gets. Besides the Sandler films, Netflix is bringing back Wet Hot American Summer as a TV series and continues to move forward with the four Marvel series. The Duplasses are having a bit of a moment themselves; Jay is starring in Amazon’s first hit series, Transparent, and the two co-wrote and co-directed the critically acclaimed new HBO series, Togetherness, which Mark also stars in.

Tyler Hanan

Tyler raves about movies on the Let The Right Films In podcast. Listen to him make jokes over his beleaguered cohost Kayla St. Onge and their more qualified guests who deserve so much better at Find him on Twitter @tylerhanan.
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