Happy Gilmore 2 | Sequel greenlit by Netflix

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Happy Gilmore sequel has been greenlit at Netflix, with Adam Sandler returning to star. More details here.

Back in March, there were reports that a sequel to Adam Sandler’s 1996 golf comedy Happy Gilmore had been written, and actor Christopher McDonald had read it. Given the popularity of the film, it seemed to be a question not of if, but when.

We now have the answer, as the sequel has officially been greenlit by Netflix.

The original film, directed by regular collaborator Denis Dugan and written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, followed Sandler as the titular character, an aspiring ice hockey player who enters a high-profile golfing tournament to earn money to buy his grandmother’s house.

Though his angry outbursts and profane patter initially cause outrage, his skill and tenacity eventually win through in the end. Featuring memorable supporting turns from the much missed Carl Weathers, the imposing Richard Kiel – also known as Jaws from the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker – and a violent clash with genial game show host Bob Barker, the film also saw McDonald play Gilmore’s nemesis Shooter McGavin.

Aside from Sandler, who is reprising the title role, no other cast or creatives have been announced in Deadline’s report, although Sandler showing McDonald the script seems to imply the actor will be invited back.

Sandler has made several films for Netflix following a multiple picture deal. His most recent film was the introspective drama Spaceman, which is now streaming on Netflix. He last collaborated with Herlihy on the script for 2020 comedy Hubie Halloween, which is also streaming on the service. He will next be seen in Noah Baumbach’s untitled coming of age drama alongside Emily Mortimer, who co-wrote the script with Baumbach, George Clooney, Laura Dern, Billy Crudup and Riley Keough.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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