Ryan Reynolds has managed to make Netflix history with his latest movie, setting a new record that proves just how popular his films are with fans.
Within the first three weeks of its release, his new sci-fi flick The Adam Project climbed into the top 10 most popular English-language Netflix Original movies, now ranking seventh - although it could still go higher.
This, as The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, makes Reynolds the only actor with three films on the top 10 Netflix roster, the other two being Red Notice and 6 Underground, which sit at number one and nine, respectively.
The actor previously tied with Sandra Bullock, who has two original Netflix films in the chart with Bird Box and Unforgivable.
Shawn Levy, director of The Adam Project, now also claims a new Netflix record himself, being the only producer-director with a film on the most popular movie list and a show on the most popular English TV list (that’ll be Stranger Things).
He told THR: “I don’t make niche programming. I make mainstream programming. And to have both Adam Project and Stranger Things in the upper echelon of the most-watching programming on Netflix is a point of pride.”
According to Levy, 25 percent of those streaming The Adam Project went back and watched it again – a sign of success, if ever there was one.
The filmmaker added: “The way that it is being rewatched and being kept alive on social media with such sustained energy is a joyous surprise.”
The popular sci-fi film sees Reynolds play Adam, a time-traveller who crashes into the past trying to save the future.
He then happens to meet his 12-year-old self, played by newcomer Walker Scobell, and sets out to find his late father (Mark Ruffalo) in the hopes of getting back to his own time.
In an interview with Netflix about how Reynolds’ and Levy’s second creative collab came about, off the back of the success of Free Guy, Levy said: “From our very first meeting on Free Guy, it was clear that Ryan and I had a great creative chemistry, not just as director and actor, but as fellow producers. We both like to take material and look for ways to make it better with the same tenacity and he cares about his projects the same way I do. So, it really became a brotherhood.”
Reynolds added: “As soon as we finished Free Guy, our immediate question was, ‘What can we do next?’”