Adam Sandler and Child Soldiers on Netflix's First Original Films Slate

By James O Malley on at

Following the success of its episodic series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix has announced details of its lastest four original films.

Perhaps the biggest name on the press release is Adam Sandler - who will be starring in The Ridiculous Six which apparently is a "comedic, western ensemble" - which will also be produced and written by Sandler. It will also star - and be directed by Frank Coraci (from The Wedding Singer). Tim Herlihy, who wrote the forthcoming Pixels will also be co-writing.

The film will also star Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Nick Nolte and South Park favourite Rob Schneider.

Given the "Big Data" approach Netflix takes with its commissions, perhaps it suggests that whilst nobody claims to like Sandler's films, they are secretly very popular. Netflix has three more films in the works with the star too. The film with hit Netflix on 11th December.

Slightly more worthily, Netflix has also announced Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba. Here's how the film is described by Netflix:

"Beasts of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war."

This will be hitting Netflix on the 16th October.

Netflix also isn't above a sequel. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is a follow-up to the 2000 film, and will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as Yu Shu-Lien. Interestingly this will receive a theatrical release in China (perhaps because Netflix is currently not operating over there), before hitting Netflix in Q1 next year.

And finally, the company is also producing Pee-wee’s Big Holiday - another film starring Paul Reuben's Pee Wee Herman character. This will hit in March next year.

Sounds good - and we can't wait to catch Adam Sandler's latest. By which we mean, that worthy film about child soldiers. Yeah, that's it. Definitely. Honest.