Netflix has become a very multi-faceted creature over the years, and one of the results of its bold move into movie-making is that it serves as a foothold for films that have been tossed out of the window by studios. The benefit of this new side-channel is that projects that would otherwise be deemed not commercial enough or simply not worth the money to produce have a second chance at being seen. The disadvantage however is that films that maybe don’t need to get made get made all the same. According to The Wrap, the latest film to be taken on by Netflix is The Ridiculous 6, Adam Sandler‘s Western comedy. The film was originally set up with Sony and Paramount but deals were never finalised. It’s up to you whether you see The Ridiculous 6 as a film that should or shouldn’t be made; either way, it is happening.
Although it sounds like a poorly titles pre-prequel to Tarantino’s upcoming Hateful Eight, The Ridiculous 6 is more of a straight mick-take of old-style Westerns, which probably won’t make for any particularly new subject matter. Netflix have signed Sandler up for a four-deal contract. Whilst this might suggest that Netflix have a l;ot of faith in the movie, they might alternatively appreciate the lowest-common-denominator appeal of Sandler’s comedy. Am I still being impartial? Who cares.
We also have a potential cast list for the film, which could include a lot of familiar names: Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice, all of whom have previously appeared in Happy Madison productions. Since then, most of them have moved on to better and more popular things, so maybe the film has something going for it. The cast also allegedly includes Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton and Whitney Cummings.
Here’s how The Wrap describes the plot of the film, according to insiders: Sandler will play man who grew up as an orphan among an Indian tribe. Lautner, Schneider, Wilson and Crews are poised to play his half-brothers, while the final half-brother has yet to be cast.
This four-film deal with Netflix won’t include any of Sandler’s upcoming project that are already in the works, such as Hotel Transylvania 2 or Pixels. We’ll most likely be hearing the details of the other projects in the coming months.
Since standard Westerns aren’t really part of the mainstream film landscape anymore and Seth McFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West polarised audiences so dramatically, there is a definite question as to whether a Western comedy is a sound investment. Hopefully the strong cast will fill any potential gaps in the script or the comedy.
Are you ready to get ridiculous?