After making smaller comedies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, Adam Sandler became a full-blown movie star in 1998 with the one-two punch of The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy. In the role of Bobby Boucher, Sandler found one of his biggest hits to this day, making over $185 million worldwide. If a new rumor is to be believed, we might not have seen the last of Boucher, as a Waterboy 2 might be in the works.
The rumor comes from We Got This Covered, who is reporting that entertainment gossip writer Daniel Richtman has said that The Waterboy 2 is currently being developed. The rumor continues that the sequel would see Boucher training a new waterboy, although it’s not clear if this new addition to the team would also have a level of aggression that makes him surprisingly good at football also. Recently, frequent Sandler collaborator Kevin James said he would also love to see Sandler return to the role of Boucher.
There are quite a few reasons to question the validity of this rumor about The Waterboy 2. For one, Daniel Richtman doesn’t state where he got this news from, nor has this been substantiated by any actual evidence. Secondly, Richtman also recently claimed that Adam Sandler is also developing a Billy Madison 2. Unless Sandler has all of a sudden decided to dig into his past to make an abundance of sequels, it seems strange that Sandler would be developing two sequels to decades-old material at the same time.
It’s also worth pointing out that Adam Sandler rarely does sequels. With the exception of the Hotel Transylvania series and its sequels, the only live-action sequel Sandler has made is Grown Ups 2, which came out only three years after the first one. Beyond that, Sandler has stuck to original films for the majority of his career, making a Waterboy 2 seem extremely unlikely.
The Waterboy was also made by Touchstone Pictures, which is a distribution label of Walt Disney Studios. While Sandler has worked for Disney since, with 2008’s Bedtime Stories, it’s not sure how Sandler could make a Waterboy 2 considering his current contractual obligations to Netflix. While Sandler has made films outside of Netflix since signing the deal with them, most recently with Uncut Gems, Netflix still was the first streaming service to feature the film. It’s unclear how Sandler’s affiliation with Netflix – a direct competitor to the Disney+ platform – would play into the possibility of a Waterboy 2.
Considering Adam Sandler has yet to pillage his past films for new films, the idea of a Waterboy 2 seems more like wishful thinking at this point. Beyond his usual comedies for Netflix, Sandler also looks like Uncut Gems has opened him up to more dramatic roles. Sandler has already signed on for Spaceman of Bohemia, which certainly sounds more complex than Hubie Halloween, at least. Despite what Kevin James might want, it doesn’t look like we will be seeing the return of Bobby Boucher in the near future.