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'Happy Gilmore 2' script is written, Shooter McGavin confirms

March 22, 2024
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Adam Sandler has been taking bold and less conventional (for him) roles lately. Over the last few years, he’s been Howard Ratner in the tense “Uncut Gems,” Stanley Sugarman in the basketball dramedy “Hustle” and Jakub Procházka in the sci-fi thriller “Spaceman.” He’s even working on the upcoming Noah Baumbach coming-of-age drama opposite George Clooney and Laura Dern.

With all that said, at his core, Sandler loves to make laugh-out-loud comedies starring himself and his friends, which is why it makes a lot of sense that we might have another “Happy Gilmore” sooner rather than later.

While on Audacy’s 92.3 The Fan, Shooter McGavin actor Christopher McDonald revealed that he had recently come across Sandler and saw a first draft of the much-anticipated sequel. McDonald has been as outspoken about his love for the 1996 golf classic as much as any of us, so he certainly seems excited to potentially return to his beloved villain role.

“I saw Adam [Sandler] about two weeks ago, and he says to me, ‘McDonald, you’re gonna love this,'” McDonald said. “I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘How about that,’ and he shows me the first draft of ‘Happy Gilmore 2’. Maybe you should cut that out [of the show] because I don’t wanna be a liar, but he did show me that, and I thought, ‘Well, that would be awesome.’ So, it’s in the works. Fans demand it, dammit!”

The original movie made just under $40 million in theaters, however, it quickly became a cult classic and home-video behemoth. It’s nearly 30 years later and Happy Gilmore is a name synonymous with golf. It’s honestly shocking we’ve made it this long without a follow-up.

It’s too bad that the late Bob Barker and Carl Weathers will not be in the sequel, both passing away within the last year. The exaggerated Barker character and Chubbs respectively are integral to the “Happy Gilmore” obsession after all these years. We're sure Sandler will include a tip of the cap to both of them.

Whether Will Zalatoris makes a cameo as Gilmore’s (remarkably similar-looking) caddie or the LIV Golf saga finds its way into the script is still unknown, but Shooter McGavin gaining power as he runs a rival league to Gilmore’s dismay almost feels too easy at this point. Either way, we’re ready to see what Sandler has cooking and add new quotable lines and sayings to the golf lexicon.