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Adam Sandler is reviving Happy Gilmore for the '90s sequel we never knew we wanted, according to co-star

30 years later, is Happy still dominating the world of golf?

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Before he became one of the most successful comedic actors of his generation, Adam Sandler was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. He had appeared in a handful of films, but 1996’s Happy Gilmore was one of his first successful starring roles. Now, it looks like he’s hoping to bring his current star power back to the golf course with Happy Gilmore 2 rumored to be in production.

The rumors behind this one are fairly concrete compared to some we've come across, though they don’t necessarily mean that we’ll see Sandler running around a golf course punching beloved game show hosts anytime soon. Christopher McDonald, who played the uptight antagonist Shooter McGavin in the original Happy Gilmore, said during a radio interview that Adam Sandler had told him that the sequel was in the works.

“I saw Adam [Sandler] about two weeks ago, and he says to me, ‘McDonald, you’re gonna love this. I said ‘What?’ He says, “How about that?’ and he shows me the first draft of Happy Gilmore 2.”

It has been nearly 30 years since the first Happy Gilmore movie became a moderate success, leading on to bigger box office wins for Sandler in the form of The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy, all of which brought in substantially more money. However, of the films from this early part of Sandler’s career, Happy Gilmore is probably the one with the most potential for a sequel.

How the PGA tour copes with a generation of fans who grew up watching Happy beating up TV icons and rampaging across the course as well as how he maintains that bad boy image into his forties and fifties could make for some fun comedic moments. The film was important enough to the star that it formed one-half of the title for his Happy Madison production company, so we imagine a sequel might be a bit of a pet project for him.

Despite McDonald insisting that “Fans demand it, dammit!” regarding a Happy Gilmore sequel, it will probably be several years before we see it on our screens if at all.

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