Paul Thomas Anderson Helms Sandler Special

When it comes to debates about the quality of Netflix’s original efforts, nothing is more of a punching bag than comedian Adam Sandler’s films, such as “The Ridiculous Six,” which are a part of his huge deal with the streamer.

The films have been immensely popular on the service says Netflix, so the deal has been worth it to them. However, their critical reception has been tepid to say the least, though that’s not unusual for a Sandler comedy. Yet there have been occasional times when Sandler’s work was taken not just seriously, but respected by critics from some of his better rom-coms like “The Wedding Singer” to most notably his leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love”.

Sandler himself recently signed on to star in “Good Time” directors the Safdie Brothers’ next film “Uncut Gems” which is a promising move. Now, in an unexpected announcement, comes word that he’s teaming up with Anderson again – this time for a comedy special.

Last week Sandler’s Twitter feed announced the comedian was scheduled to perform last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, with that performance part of a Netflix special. Today though comes word also via Twitter that Anderson is directing it. There’s no word as to when it will air at this point, though it is expected to be soon.