Adam Sandler has made some duds, but he is also responsible for some of the best, most memorable comedies of the 1990s. Sure, he has dabbled in drama a bit more frequently in recent years, but many will always see the actor as the character who went from taking off his hockey skates to stab a fellow player to winning a golf championship in the most absurd fashion possible. Now, Sandler wants one of his most beloved movies to get the sequel treatment. If he has a great idea for it, then I say let him make it.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that Adam Sandler really wants to do a sequel to Happy Gilmore. This is not confirmed, nor has Adam Sandler said anything concrete about a sequel, but it is certainly an exciting possibility. Richtman’s scoops have turned out to be accurate in the past, but remember that he is hearing these things through a grapevine just like we are. An actor wanting to return to a role and an actor actually returning to a role are two different things, but some seem to think that if an actor wants it, they will get it. Not necessarily true.
Released in 1996, Happy Gilmore starred Adam Sandler as the titular hockey player-turned-golfer, who becomes a pro golfer to help save his grandmother’s home. Standing in his way, though, is Christopher McDonald’s cocky Shooter McGavin, a formidable pro golfer bent on undermining and sabotaging Happy at every turn.
The film did not do so well critically, but that matters little to the movie’s countless fans. To this day, the film stands tall as one of Adam Sandler’s very best efforts, so talk of a sequel was always going to happen in some form or another. That begs the all-important question, though: Would a Happy Gilmore sequel be any good? It is honestly unlikely, but great comedy sequels are not impossible to make. Just look at Horrible Bosses 2 (strange example, but a solid one in my mind). They are few and far between, but if he gets a killer concept, maybe Sandler can pull this off.
But hey, if there was ever going to be an announcement regarding a Happy Gilmore sequel, this year would be the perfect time for Adam Sandler to do it. After all, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore‘s release. The film’s actual anniversary was February 16, but Happy Gilmore is a comedy you can celebrate whenever you want.
If Adam Sandler does end up making a Happy Gilmore sequel, it will be interesting to see if it continues the fictional golfer’s story in a way that feels organic and fun. The original film felt complete, so there is little need for a sequel no one is asking for. Again, though: if Sandler can make it good, then bring it on.
Maybe Shooter McGavin will return to exact his revenge on Happy? He was the perfect villain, so it stands to reason that Adam Sandler and company would want him back as well. We will see.