A running joke of much of the past year has been that if a studio has a film they know will flop, they will offload it to Netflix who will take any old crap like they did with “The Cloverfield Paradox” or the more recent “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”.
However, even Netflix has standards as Deadline and The Wrap report that Sony Pictures offered the streaming giant the chance to buy its John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell-led period comedy “Holmes and Watson” and they refused. The film had been testing to apparently disastrous scores at the time.
The reasons for turning it down aren’t clear beyond the obvious – namely the Etan Cohen-directed film’s terrible reviews which paint the long-awaited re-teaming of the “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers” pair as one of the year’s worst films with just 6% on Rotten Tomatoes at present and a D+ CinemaScore from audiences.
“Holmes and Watson” is now out in cinemas.