Netflix Asked Adam Sandler To Make Huge Change To Hustle Before Green Lighting It

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Netflix Asked Adam Sandler To Make Huge Change To Hustle Before Green Lighting It

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Adam Sandler has revealed the huge change which Hustle underwent in order to be taken on by Netflix.

Since it was first released onto the platform a few days ago on 8 June, Hustle has been rising through the ranks and even breaking records.

However, before it was even produced, Netflix requested the basketball drama undergo a pretty massive change in order for it to work on the streaming service.

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In the film, Sandler takes on the role of basketball scout Stanley Sugerman, who discovers a 'a potential superstar' in Mallorca, Spain.

Sugerman brings Bo Cruz - played by real-life NBA star Juancho Hernangomez - back to the US to train him up and unleash his potential.

However, in the original script, Sugerman didn't stumble upon this future NBA star in Spain.

In Hustle, Sugerman finds a 'potential [basketball] superstar' in Spain. Credit: Netflix
In Hustle, Sugerman finds a 'potential [basketball] superstar' in Spain. Credit: Netflix

In the first draft of the film - co-written by Will Fetters and video game scriptwriter Taylor Materne - Sugerman discovered a basketball prodigy in China.

Last year, on The Dan Patrick Show, Sandler revealed: "It was written originally that I find a player in China and somehow, Netflix is not in China.

"So [Netflix] were like, ‘Would you guys please make it so we find somebody in Latin America or Europe?’ So the next thing you know, I’m in Mallorca."

Netflix has focused on pushing its services and content in other areas of Asia opposed to China after the country refused to negotiate a deal.

Whereas Netflix has seen hits such as Money Heist (La casa de papel) emerge from Spain.

In the original script, Sandler discovered a prodigy in China. Credit: Netflix
In the original script, Sandler discovered a prodigy in China. Credit: Netflix

Since dropping on Netflix, Hustle has proven such a success that viewers have even called for Sandler to never return to comedy and instead focus the rest of his career on more serious roles.

Hustle has a score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes' 'Tomatometer' and an audience score of 92 percent too.

Hustle marks the ninth film which Sandler has successfully produced for Netflix.

His production company Happy Madison has also seen films such as Hubie Halloween and Murder Mystery released onto the platform.

Hustle is currently available to watch exclusively on Netflix.

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Topics: Film & TV, Adam Sandler, Film and TV

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