Adam Sandler is returning for ‘Happy Gilmore 2,’ Netflix confirms: What we know

It’s official: “Happy Gilmore” is returning for another round.

Netflix has confirmed that a sequel to Adam Sandler’s 1996 golf comedy “Happy Gilmore” is on the way. “Happy Gilmore is back!” a post on Netflix’s X account said. “Adam Sandler will reprise his iconic role in a brand new movie coming to Netflix.”

The announcement makes the movie official two months after Christopher McDonald, who played Happy’s nemesis Shooter McGavin in the original film, revealed a follow-up was in development.

“Here’s a quick intel,” McDonald said in an interview on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland in March. “I saw Adam about two weeks ago and he says to me ‘McDonald. You’re going to love this.’ I said ‘What?’ And he says ‘How about that?’ and he shows me a first draft of Happy Gilmore 2.”

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Sandler subsequently appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” in April and confirmed he told McDonald that “we’re working on some stuff” for “Happy Gilmore 2” but had asked him to keep it a secret.

“He texted me after the fact, ‘By the way, that thing you told me not to talk about, I talked about,'” Sandler joked.

Here’s what we know so far about the “Happy Gilmore” sequel.

When will ‘Happy Gilmore 2’ be released?

No release date for “Happy Gilmore 2” has been announced.

However, Sandler’s previous comments suggest the film was relatively early in development, and the script had not yet been completed as of April. He said on the “Dan Patrick Show” that he would be working on the screenplay with Tim Herlihy, his co-writer on the original film.

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“I’m shooting this movie now, and then when I get home in a little while, I call up Herlihy, we get in a room and jam and jam and jam,” Sandler said in April. “We’ve been jamming and writing. We have a million ideas already. We’ve just got to make it a movie and make sure we’re excited about people enjoying it.”

Herlihy confirmed his involvement in the project on X Wednesday, joking that he can “finally stop lying to my parents!”

Who will star in ‘Happy Gilmore 2’?

No stars for the sequel other than Sandler have been announced.

But while speaking on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Sandler said he would “love” to get Drew Carey in the movie after his “Price is Right” predecessor, Bob Barker, appeared in the original. Barker died in 2023. Carl Weathers and Joe Flaherty, who were in the first movie, also both died this year.

“When we were writing stuff, Bob (Barker) was alive,” Sandler said. “When we were writing stuff, Carl Weathers was alive. When we were writing stuff, Joe Flaherty was alive. It sucks. We love those guys. They’re such a big part of the movie and just great people. But we’re going to get them involved. Somehow, they’ll be involved.”

Sandler also said in the interview that Dan Patrick would “definitely” appear in “Happy Gilmore 2” as himself.

How to watch ‘Happy Gilmore’

The original “Happy Gilmore” is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Contributing: Anthony Robledo

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