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"Happy Gilmore 2" Moving Forward at Netflix with Adam Sandler Returning


Thu 16 May 2024 | 08:48 AM
Yara Sameh

The 1996 golf comedy “Happy Gilmore” is getting the sequel treatment from Netflix, with original star Adam Sandler set to return.

The announcement came during the giant streamer upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday afternoon in N.Y.

Sandler starred in and co-wrote Universal Pictures’ “Happy Gilmore,” which was helmed by Dennis Dugan. The sports comedy remains one of Sandler’s most popular films.

He plays the titular Happy Gilmore, a hockey player with anger management issues who discovers he’s also got a talent for golf and joins the golf tour circuit to win money to save his grandmother’s house and faces off against an arrogant pro named Shooter McGavin, played by Christopher McDonald.

The supporting cast also included Julie Bowen and Carl Weathers.

McDonald first stirred up talk about a sequel in March, when he revealed that Sandler pulled out the first draft for the film during an unexpected run-in.

“I saw Adam [Sandler] about two weeks ago, and he says to me, ‘McDonald, you’re gonna love this,’” McDonald said. “I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘How about that,’ and he shows me the first draft of ‘Happy Gilmore 2.’ Maybe you should cut that out [of this audio] because I don’t wanna be a liar, but he did show me that, and I thought, ‘Well, that would be awesome.’ So, it’s in the works. Fans demand it, dammit!”

“Happy Gilmore” made nearly $40 million at the worldwide box office in 1996, cementing Sandler as one of the biggest comedy stars of the decade.