Netflix Shells Out Big Bucks for Two New Chris Rock Specials
Published Oct 13, 2016Beloved comedian Chris Rock hasn't released a new standup special since 2008's Kill the Messenger, but that will soon change with two projects on the way.
Following a decades-long relationship with HBO, Rock's next material was the subject of a massive bidding war. Netflix came out on top, resulting in a massive payday for Rock. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rock will rake in a record-breaking $40 million USD for the specials.
Rock's first special will arrive in 2017 and be followed by a world tour. From there, a second is still in its planning stages.
"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent."
Rock added, "I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage."
Stay tuned for more info on Chris Rock's Netflix specials as it becomes available.