Adam Sandler Set to Return in Confirmed Happy Gilmore Sequel

Sequel to beloved golf comedy officially in the works

by Zain ul Abedin
Adam Sandler Set to Return in Confirmed Happy Gilmore Sequel
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Fans of the classic golf comedy "Happy Gilmore" have reason to celebrate: a sequel is finally on the way, almost three decades after the original film's release in 1996. On Wednesday, May 15, Netflix confirmed that Adam Sandler, now 57, will reprise his role as the beloved Happy Gilmore in the highly anticipated sequel.

"Happy Gilmore is back! Adam Sandler will reprise his iconic role in a brand new movie coming to Netflix," the streaming giant announced on X (formerly known as Twitter). In a video shared by the PGA Tour on the same platform, Sandler expressed his excitement about returning to the golf course.

"It's been 25 years since I've done this," Sandler remarked, before taking a swing. "Let's see what happens, I'm scared! Shooter McGavin this is for you... that went pretty well, you're dead Shooter!" he added, referencing Christopher McDonald's character from the original film.

The original "Happy Gilmore," co-written, produced, and starring Sandler, follows the story of a New England hockey player who turns to golf to save his grandmother's home from foreclosure. His unconventional hockey-style swing earns him unexpected success on the golf course, with guidance from former pro "Chubbs" Peterson, played by Carl Weathers.

Sadly, Weathers passed away in February at the age of 76.

Star Reactions and Hints

Happy's journey also sees him clashing with the film's antagonist, Shooter McGavin, played by Christopher McDonald. McDonald, now 69, hinted at the sequel's development back in March during an interview with Audacy's 92.3 The Fan.

"I saw Adam about two weeks ago, and he says to me, 'McDonald, you're gonna love this.' He shows me the first draft of Happy Gilmore 2," McDonald revealed. Further fueling excitement, Drew Barrymore, a close friend of Sandler and co-star in several of his films, discussed the sequel on her show in April.

Barrymore shared that she had texted Sandler about the sequel, saying, "Are you kidding me? I want it, I need it, and I stayed up last night with my daughter watching Billy Madison." Barrymore later confirmed that the sequel was indeed in progress, based on her communication with Sandler.

With this official announcement, fans can look forward to more antics and laughs as Adam Sandler returns to the golf course in "Happy Gilmore 2." The sequel promises to bring back the humor and heart that made the original film a beloved classic.

Keep an eye out for more updates as the project moves forward, and get ready to see Happy Gilmore in action once again on Netflix.

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