Chris Rock signs on for two Netflix specials
Chris Rock has agreed to two Netflix comedy specials, in a deal rumoured to be worth $40m.
The specials will mark Chris Rock's return to stand-up comedy after an 8-year absence, with Netflix confirming that the first special would emerge in 2017.
Rock will also be embarking on a world tour alongside the specials to make his return to comedy complete.
The specials reportedly went through a bidding war from some of the biggest TV and streaming platforms, including Amazon, Hulu and HBO.
Netflix won out however, meaning that Rock will once again work with the streaming giant after appearing in the 2015 special A Very Murray Christmas with Bill Murray.
Many had assumed Rock would return to HBO, as some of his earliest stand-up shows were first aired on the network.
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that Chris Rock wanted to work with Netflix because of the creative freedom it allowed.
“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.”
The specials will be the latest of the many that Netflix has commissioned over the last few years, with comedians Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari and Chelsea Handler all recieving shows on the platform.
In 2016 alone, Netflix brought its total number of specials to over 24, with more planned for 2017.
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