When Adam Sandler secured his lucrative deal with Netflix, it was unclear what the first project from this groundbreaking union would be. Well, The Wrap is reporting that the first film will be Sandler's long-gestating western comedy "Ridiculous 6." What's more, the site is reporting that Sandler has lined up an all-star cast. Apparently, with his first Netflix outing, Sandler wants to go big.
"Ridiculous 6," co-written by Sandler and regular collaborator Tim Herlihy, will star Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Nick Nolte, Danny Trejo, Chris Parnell, Lavell Crawford and returning Sandler favorites Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider (so I guess he patched up whatever beef he had with Sandler that kept him out of "Grown Ups 2"), Dan Aykroyd, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, John Lovitz and Vanilla Ice. Whew, that's a lot of people.
What's somewhat more iffy about the project is the fact that it's a comedic western, with the title an obvious riff on "The Magnificent Seven" (itself a western take on Akira Kurosawa's immortal "Seven Samurai"). This must have been the reason it had such a long and problematic production history, having first been developed at Sony before moving on to Paramount, who too reached an impasse with the expensive and unproven genre.
This project seems even riskier coming so closely after "A Million Ways to Die in the West," Seth MacFarlane's costly bomb that was also a western comedy. Still, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" didn't have Vanilla Ice playing Mark Twain or Blake Shelton playing Wyatt Earp... So we're willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt, especially since we presumably won't have to pay for it, it will just appear on our Playstation 3 in 8 months (or whenever it comes out).