Netflix confirms sequel to ‘Happy Gilmore’ with Adam Sandler – NBC Los Angeles

Happy Gilmore goes back to the golf course.

And he brings his hockey stick-shaped putter and anger management issues.

Netflix confirmed Wednesday that a sequel to the beloved 1996 comedy “Happy Gilmore” is in the works, starring Adam Sandler as the title character.

Sandler co-wrote the original film, which stars Gilmore as a failed hockey player who discovers his natural but highly unorthodox talent for golf. He brings his great driving skills and poor golf etiquette to the tour circuit in hopes of raising money to save his grandmother’s house from foreclosure – and his smug nemesis Shooter McGavin.

“Damn it people, this is golf, not a rock concert!” as McGavin would say.

Speculation about a sequel has been going on since March, when actor Christopher McDonald, who played McGavin, mentioned the possibility while appearing on “The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima.”

“I saw Adam about two weeks ago and he said to me, ‘McDonald, you’re going to love this,’” McDonald said. “What did I say?” He says, ‘How about that,’ and he shows me the first cut of ‘Happy Gilmore 2’ …. and I thought, ‘Well, that would be great.’ So it’s in the works. Fans, demand it, dammit!”

Sandler, 57, confirmed the news weeks later during his appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

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“We already have a million ideas,” Sandler said. “We just have to make it a movie and make sure we’re excited about the people who enjoy it. It’s important. We love Happy Gilmore, we don’t want to let anyone down.”

Just type it in, as Chubbs Peterson might say to Gilmore.

Netflix — which is working with Sandler on several projects, including “Hustle” and Murder Mystery — has not yet revealed any details about the sequel’s plot or a premiere date.

With the sequel being announced almost thirty years after the original’s release, several key cast members have passed away.

Carl Weathers – who played Chubbs Peterson, a former professional golfer who becomes Gilmore’s mentor – died in February. Bob Barker, the iconic game show host who gets into a fistfight with Gilmore while the two are partners at a pro-am tournament, died in 2023 at the age of 99. Joe Flaherty, who played a fan who challenged Gilmore on the Natural, died last month.

“We love those guys, they’re such a big part of the movie and they’re just great people,” Sandler told Patrick. “But we’re going to get them involved one way or another.”

Sandler and Patrick mentioned the possibility of Drew Carey, current host of “The Price is Right,” making a cameo in the sequel.

“I would love to see Drew Carey in this movie, out of respect for Bob,” he said.

The original film, which became a cult classic after earning approximately $40 million at the box office, also starred Julie Bowen, Ben Stiller and Kevin Nealon.

Everyone could return as Happy Gilmore finally goes back to his happy place.

“We’re diligently trying to come up with a good reason for everyone to watch and have fun,” Sandler told Patrick. “Netflix is ​​excited about it. So we’re working on it. We have some good ideas.”

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