Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery 2 is happening at Netflix. Starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Murder Mystery marks one of several Sandler-produced films available exclusively for the streaming giant. Set in the same vein of a whodunit mystery as Clue and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Murder Mystery released in June, setting a new streaming record for Netflix Original movies.
Directed by Kyle Newacheck, Murder Mystery follows Nick (Sandler) and Audrey (Aniston) Spitz, a married couple whose passion and romance have been replaced with stale conversations and predicability. In a valiant effort to rekindle the spark in their relationship (and distract his wife from his lies about his status as a detective), Nick sweeps Audrey away for a long-delayed European honeymoon for a 15th-anniversary gift. Aboard a plane, Audrey encounters wealthy Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), who invites the couple to a family event on a yacht. Surrounded by outlandish characters, the couple joins the group for a will signing by Cavendish’s billionaire uncle, Malcolm Quince (Terrence Stamp). In a classic dark turn of events, Malcolm is murdered, leaving Nick and Audrey to solve the crime. Written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), Murder Mystery’s ratings surpassed Will Smith’s Bright and Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box, raking in almost 31 million views in three days.
Now, a sequel to the charming - and slightly predictable - Murder Mystery is in early development. According to THR, Sandler and Aniston are expected to reprise their roles for Murder Mystery 2. As of this writing, Vanderbilt is being eyed to write the sequel’s script, featuring a new murder case for the Spitz duo to crack.
Reuniting Just Go With It stars Aniston and Sandler, Murder Mystery was a summer treat for Netflix. Depending on if its placed on the fast track of development, Murder Mystery 2 could release around the same time in 2020. Netflix and Sandler will continue their partnership, and the comedian is set to reprise his role as Dracula in the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 4. Aniston’s career shows no signs of slowing down either, as the Friends actress will star alongside Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon in Apple TV+ series The Morning Show.
Ending on a cautiously closed note, Murder Mystery’s stellar ratings and star power has since paved the way for a sequel and possibly even a series of crime-solving flicks featuring Sandler and Aniston's married couple. Clocking in at a comfortable 97 minutes, Murder Mystery delivered the perfect, breezy watch. Murder Mystery 2 could easily deliver a second dose of medicine for viewers. Even though Murder Mystery doesn’t tote an "original" concept, it’s provoked a few worthy chuckles from its viewers and seems to have solved the case of how to deliver a massive success for Netflix.