Whatever you think of Adam Sandler, he has had one consistent trait – he doesn’t do sequels. With the exception of an uncredited cameo appearance in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo”, the comedian has not appeared onscreen in a single sequel in the 22 years he’s been making films – until now.
Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Prods. are moving forward on a sequel to Sandler’s 2010 comedy “Grown Ups” and have already been in discussions with the first film’s scribe Fred Wolf about doing the screenplay reports Variety.
The original starred Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider as five friends who reunite over the 4th of July weekend to attend their youth basketball coach’s funeral.
Sandler has no deal in place for “Grown Ups 2” and his involvement is contingent on the script, but the possibility isn’t a huge surprise. The first was Sandler’s highest-grossing film worldwide at $271 million despite universally negative reviews.
In comparison “Jack and Jill”, his just released and even more maligned cross-dressing comedy, has underwhelmed with just $76 million so far – one of the worst performing of his comedies (though not as bad as “Funny People” which scored a total of just $71 million worldwide).