It’s long been established now that for the most part, when Adam Sandler makes a film, it’s because he wants a luxurious holiday with his mates and the opportunity to kiss a pretty lady.
Except for the films that are supposed to be surprisingly good – of which there have been about two since Happy Gilmore – Sandler galavants around a sunny resort with one of Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade or all of the above, inviting either Drew Barrymore or Jennifer Aniston around if and when he can.
Murder Mystery was different in some senses, considering Kevin James, Rob Schneider and David Spade weren’t involved in a protagonist capacity, but it still followed those old tropes that you might expect Adam Sandler’s work to, especially a Netflix original film of his.
It’s on a yacht, for god’s sake.
The film is essentially Murder on the Orient Express, but set in the present day and with a “comedy” gaze, while also not being Sir Kenneth Branagh wanking into a camera for the best part of two hours.
Have a watch of the original trailer…
Even though Netflix are usually pretty tight-lipped about their viewing numbers, they released a statement saying Murder Mystery had one of the biggest opening weekends in their history.
With that in mind, and though Sandler and Aniston are yet to sign on to anything official, The Hollywood Reporter... reports… that a sequel to Murder Mystery is in very early development.
Given Sandler’s ties to Netflix, it’s very likely that he will be returning, and given both protagonists’ affinity for money, we’ll probably see them both return.
I wonder what their next murder mystery will be? Perhaps they’ll be on one of those fancy blimps? Bite the bullet, go full Murder on the Orient Express and go on a train?
It’s anybody’s guess and given that it’s allegedly being written by James Vanderbilt – who has a very eclectic filmography – it seems like it’s entirely up to him.
We’ll have to wait and see.
Images via Netflix
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