Murder Mystery sequel in the works at Netflix

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embarked on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was a huge success when it was released on Netflix in June, and now editors at The Hollywood Reporter have claimed Vanderbilt is now in talks to pen a follow-up.

It is not yet known if Sandler and Aniston will reprise their roles, but as the Happy Gilmore star has an ongoing deal with bosses at the streaming giant, it is likely he will return.

A few days after Murder Mystery, which also featured Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp, dropped online, a Netflix representative posted on Twitter that the flick smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message stated.

A spokesperson later confirmed that the figures were correct.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright and Sandra Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

Vanderbilt has previously written screenplays for films including Independence Day: Resurgence, White House Down, and Zodiac. He is currently in the pre-production stages of The Janson Directive.

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The Weeknd to make big screen debut in Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems

The Weeknd is to make his movie debut in Adam Sandler’s crime drama Uncut Gems.The Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was rumoured to have shot scenes for the film last October, but on Tuesday, officials from the Toronto International Film Festiv…

The Weeknd is to make his movie debut in Adam Sandler’s crime drama Uncut Gems.

The Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was rumoured to have shot scenes for the film last October, but on Tuesday, officials from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) confirmed in a Twitter message that he was part of the cast.

Set in New York City’s diamond district, the movie has been directed by Good Time’s Josh and Benny Safdie, from a screenplay by the Safdie brothers and Ronald Bronstein.

The plot will follow Sandler’s character Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score.

“When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win,” a synopsis reads.

Other castmembers include Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, and Paloma Elsesser.

It is not known what role The Weeknd will play, or whether he will be playing himself. Uncut Gems marks the 29-year-old’s first feature film role and the first time he has starred in a project onscreen besides his music videos.

Despite that, he already has an Oscar nomination to his name – for Best Original Song for Earned It, which appeared on the soundtrack for 2015 movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

Uncut Gems is to premiere at TIFF, which will run from 5-15 September, and will be released on Christmas Day in the U.S., as part of Sandler’s deal with streaming site Netflix.

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery breaks Netflix record

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was released on the streaming service on Friday, and according to a Twitter message sent by the @NetflixIsAJoke account on Tuesday, it has smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message reads.

A spokesperson for Netflix later confirmed to editors at Variety that the figures were correct but emphasised that the company only counts views if subscribers completed at least 70 per cent of the 97-minute movie.

Murder Mystery marks the latest feature as part of Sandler’s ongoing deal with the streaming giant. The Happy Gilmore star agreed back in March 2017 to make four more flicks together, having previously collaborated on movies like Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright, which a representative claimed had been viewed more times in its first week than any of its other releases.

While Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the biggest seven-day viewership for any of its original films to date when it debuted in December 2018, with the post-apocalyptic thriller watched by over 45 million global accounts.

Murder Mystery also stars Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp.

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Jennifer Aniston: ‘Working on Murder Mystery was like a vacation!’

Jennifer Aniston has compared filming Murder Mystery to going on a “summer vacation”.Directed by Kyle Newacheck, the upcoming mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) and his wife Audrey, as played by Jennifer, …

Jennifer Aniston has compared filming Murder Mystery to going on a “summer vacation”.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck, the upcoming mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) and his wife Audrey, as played by Jennifer, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only for the couple to become caught up in the murder of a wealthy man on a superyacht.

Murder Mystery sees the actress reunite with Adam, who she previously appeared opposite in 2011’s Just Go with It, and Jennifer has now shared that she had a ball of a time shooting in Italy.

“Yes, it was a reteaming. I’ve known Mr. Sandler for 30 years. We were in Italy for the summer, so that sucked,” she joked to her pal Tig Notaro in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “Adam, of course, always takes care of absolutely every single person, so all the families were visiting and staying in Lake Como and renting hotels and having just a wonderful little summer vacation while we got to go to work every day in these beautiful surroundings.”

Jennifer went on to explain that although she had never made a murder mystery film before, she is a big fan of the genre.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching them myself. I love Agatha Christie and all those old-school classics,” the 50-year-old smiled.

And while Jennifer gushed over Adam in the chat, the 52-year-old comedy star returned the compliments during a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Every time I’m with Jennifer something great happens because everybody loves Jennifer and I tend to stay at home and do nothing,” he laughed. “My wife (Jackie Sandler) is so much going, ‘Why didn’t I marry Aniston? Why am I stuck with you?’ Even in Italy she’s like, ‘I’m telling you we gotta leave the room, man.’”

Murder Mystery, which also features Luke Evans and Gemma Arterton, is due to hit screens in June.

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Dylan Sprouse learned Mandarin Chinese for new movie

Dylan Sprouse dropped 30 pounds and learned to speak Mandarin for his latest film.The former child actor, who found fame with his twin brother Cole on Disney Channel show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy, made a return to …

Dylan Sprouse dropped 30 pounds and learned to speak Mandarin for his latest film.

The former child actor, who found fame with his twin brother Cole on Disney Channel show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy, made a return to acting last year (17), with horror flick Dismissed.

His next project is China-produced movie Turandot, directed by Xiaolong Zheng.

Deadline announced his casting on Tuesday (29May18), with Dylan adding some more details to his 4.5 million Twitter followers.

“Proud to announce my participation in the huge Chinese fantasy romance movie, Turandot as Prince Calaf! Between losing 30lbs from combat training and speaking exclusively mandarin, this is a huge leap for me, read more here,” he wrote with a link to Deadline’s story.

The 25-year-old plays Calaf, a character who risks his life in an attempt to free Princess Turandot, played by Chinese actress Guan Xiaotong, who is cursed by a mysterious power emanating from three Mazovian bracelets that were given to her as birthday gifts.

While answering three riddles, one for each bracelet, Calaf inadvertently uncovers his own extraordinary past.

The film, an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera of the same name, is in pre-production.

Like his brother Cole, Dylan enjoyed a long break from acting after The Suite Life wrapped in 2011. Both brothers enrolled in New York University, graduating in archaeology and video game design respectively.

Cole made his screen return a year before Dylan, in hit TV drama Riverdale, with both Sprouses now firmly back in the acting game.

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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston reuniting for new Netflix comedy

Jennifer Aniston is reportedly reteaming with Adam Sandler to star in his new comedy Murder Mystery. The pair will portray husband and wife in the forthcoming Netflix movie, about a couple which becomes prime suspects in the murder of an elderly billi…

Jennifer Aniston is reportedly reteaming with Adam Sandler to star in his new comedy Murder Mystery.

The pair will portray husband and wife in the forthcoming Netflix movie, about a couple which becomes prime suspects in the murder of an elderly billionaire while on vacation in Europe, according to Variety.com.

The former Friends star previously enjoyed box office success with Sandler in 2011’s Just Go with It, in which the actor played a plastic surgeon who ropes in his assistant, portrayed by Aniston, to pose as his soon-to-be ex-wife.

The romantic comedy banked $215 million (£153 million) worldwide on a budget of $80 million (£57 million).

Murder Mystery will be written by James Vanderbilt and directed by Workaholics co-creator Kyle Newacheck. The project marks Sandler’s sixth film for the online streaming service, with which he has a multi-picture production deal.

His previous Netflix endeavours include The Ridiculous Six, The Do-Over, and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which received top reviews last year (17).

Meanwhile, Sandler is working on reuniting with another leading lady onscreen – Drew Barrymore.

The Charlie’s Angels actress revealed she and her old pal have been exchanging ideas for another collaboration via text message for some time.

“Adam and I text all the time about our next thing…,” she shared during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night (28Mar18). “Like, literally, the last thing I suggested to him was like, ‘On Golden Pond?’ I’d just watched it on a Korean flight home.”

On Golden Pond is a 1981 drama starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda as an ageing couple which spend its summers in a New England vacation home by the idyllic Golden Pond.

Adam and Drew previously co-starred in 1998’s The Wedding Singer, 2004’s 50 First Dates, and 2014’s Blended.

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