Okay. I'm going to say it. I don't know how it happened but Murder Mystery was huge. The reviews weren't exceptional, but the viewing figures were and it turned out to be one of Netflix's biggest original movies of all time.
And now, Murder Mystery has had a sequel confirmed!
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to the comedy scene. Let's be honest, almost every beloved, cheesy comedy seems to star at least one part of the duo.
Read on to find out more about the original, the records it broke, and the sequel.
Let's start off by introducing the pair.
via: GettyThough we aren't sure that they really need much introducing...
First up, Jennifer Aniston.After wrapping up her flagship role as Rachel Green in the sitcom Friends in 2004, the actress has seemingly stuck to her comedy roots, starring in countless rom-coms, including 2006's The Break Up, 2013's We're The Millers, Marley and Me in 2008, and, more recently, Mother's Day and Horrible Bosses 2.
Then we have Adam Sandler.The actor kicked off his career as a Saturday Night Live cast member and went on to become an established face in the comedy sector of Hollywood, starring in the likes of popular movies, Grown Ups, 50 First Dates and, most famously, the '90s comedy classic, Happy Gilmore.
You may remember them starring in this film together.
via: imdbThe pair starred alongside each other in the 2011 rom-com, Just Go With It.
Though, critics-wise, it didn't go down well, for regular viewers, the movie became a cult classic in the rom-com genre.The film follows a recently heartbroken plastic surgeon, Danny (Adam Sandler), who convinces his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife to cover up a lie that he told to his much-younger girlfriend.
The pair are also great friends off-screen.
via: GettyWhen Aniston was awarded her Hollywood Star in 2012, Sandler not only accompanied the actress, he also made a speech at the event.
Starring together in Just Go With It isn't the only thing that the pair have in common...They also both have affiliations with the streaming giant, Netflix.
Aniston recently starred in Netflix's Dolly Parton-inspired movie, Dumplin'.
via: imdbThe musical, inspired by the music of country-queen, Dolly Parton, saw Aniston star as the former pageant queen mother of a teenage daughter, Willowdean, whom she calls "Dumplin'". In protest, Willowdean signs up to her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant, but this soon turns into an escalation that quickly starts to alter the rigid stereotypes that come hand-in-hand with the pageant.
But Sandler has an even bigger relationship with the streaming service.
via: GettyThe A-lister's "Happy Madison Productions" company signed a 4-year-movie deal with Netflix in 2014, as well as a deal for a further 4 movies in 2017.
Some people questioned the move.Sandler's more recent box office appearances haven't gone down as well with critics, leading people to question why Netflix opted to seal a deal with the comedy actor. Some people were pretty harsh about it.
But his productions seem to have proved the critics wrong.
via: imdbHis first two films for the platform - The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over - brought in staggering numbers that made them the two highest streamed movies on Netflix at the time. Wow.
The latest film starring Aniston and Sandler has defied the odds, too.
Comedy and murder mystery... what is this film actually about?
via: imdbThe film follows a couple from New York who get caught up in the middle of a mystery surrounding the death of an old billionaire during a belated honeymoon trip to Europe. It's essentially been described as Murder on the Orient Express with added comedy elements.
Netflix appears to have struck gold.
Omg #MurderMystery is brilliant 😂😂😂😂😂 It’s like a ridiculous modern Poirot except with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sa… https://t.co/Zt276rklCj— Katy English ✨ (@Katy English ✨)1560801950.0
You won't believe just how popular the movie has become.
Believe it or not, the figures weren't actually released by Netflix, but by a more unconventional source...
🚨ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANISTON BREAKING NEWS ALERT🚨 30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3… https://t.co/787Girh56f— Netflix Is A Joke (@Netflix Is A Joke)1560891664.0