Happy Madison Productions
|Type||Film Production Company|
|Headquarters||Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Adam Sandler
Happy Madison Productions is an American film/television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler, an actor best known for his comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, two box office successes starring Sandler himself, both produced by Robert Simonds. The elderly man depicted in the logo is Sandler's late father, Stanley Sandler.
In addition to various Sandler-produced films, the company has also released movies produced by others, such as Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds), Dennis Dugan (The Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2), Frank Coraci (Click, Zookeeper), Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny), Aaron Rodgers (The Animal, The Hot Chick, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star), Peter Segal (Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard), and Nicholaus Goossen (A Day with the Meatball, Grandma's Boy, The Shortcut).
The 1998 movies The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer helped jump start Adam Sandler's movie career and production company. Sandler produced The Waterboy and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. The movie was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.
The company's production office is located in the Judy Garland building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California while its corporate and parent company offices (Happy Madison, Inc.) are located in Manchester, New Hampshire run by Adam's brother Scott.
Its subsidiary, Madison 23 Productions, is aimed towards the drama genre. The first production under Madison 23 was Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. This studio company on the trailer of Funny People and the poster and trailer for Reign Over Me is also known as "Mr. Madison Productions". Upcoming films include Pixels, a feature film based on the internet short by Patrick Jean (scheduled for release on May 17, 2013); Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said?, a biography about the comedian; as well as others in development including Golddiggers 101 and The Gilmores of Beverley Hills, according to IMDB and Movie Insider.
|1999||Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo||Mike Mitchell||Buena Vista Pictures||$17 million||$92,938,755|
|2000||Little Nicky||Steven Brill||New Line Cinema||$85 million||$58,292,295|
|2001||The Animal||Luke Greenfield||Columbia Pictures||$47 million||$84,772,742|
|Joe Dirt||Dennie Gordon||$17.7 million||$30,987,695|
|2002||Mr. Deeds||Steven Brill||$50 million||$171,269,535|
|The Master of Disguise||Perry Andelin Blake||$16 million||$43,411,001|
|Eight Crazy Nights||Seth Kearsley||$34 million||$23,833,131|
|The Hot Chick||Tom Brady||Buena Vista Pictures||$34 million||$54,639,553|
|2003||Anger Management||Peter Segal||Columbia Pictures||$75 million||$195,745,823|
|Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Sam Weisman||Paramount Pictures||$17 million||$23,794,648|
|2004||50 First Dates||Peter Segal||Columbia Pictures||$75 million||$196,482,882|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Paramount Pictures
|Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Mike Bigelow||Columbia Pictures||$22 million||$45,109,561|
|2006||Grandma's Boy||Nicholaus Goossen||20th Century Fox||$5.5 million||$37,856,991|
|The Benchwarmers||Dennis Dugan||Columbia Pictures||$33 million||$64,957,291|
|Click||Frank Coraci||$82.5 million||$237,681,299|
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry||Dennis Dugan||Universal Pictures||$85 million||$186,072,214|
|Reign Over Me||Mike Binder||Columbia Pictures||$20 million||$22,222,308|
|2008||Strange Wilderness||Fred Wolf||Paramount Pictures||$20 million||$6,964,734|
|The House Bunny||Columbia Pictures||$25 million||$70,442,940|
|You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Dennis Dugan||$90 million||$201,802,891|
|Bedtime Stories||Adam Shankman||Walt Disney Studios
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Steve Carr||Columbia Pictures||$26 million||$183,293,131|
|The Shortcut||Nicholaus Goossen||Anchor Bay Entertainment||$5 million||N/A|
|Funny People||Judd Apatow||Universal Pictures
|2010||Grown Ups||Dennis Dugan||Columbia Pictures||$80 million||$271,419,251|
|2011||Just Go with It||$80 million||$214,945,591|
|Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Tom Brady||Columbia Pictures||$10 million||$2,529,395|
|Jack and Jill||Dennis Dugan||$79 million||$149,673,788|
|2012||That's My Boy||Sean Anders||$70 million||$57,719,093|
|Here Comes the Boom||Frank Coraci||$42 million||$73,100,172|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Dennis Dugan||$80 million||$243,645,494|
|2014||Blended||Frank Coraci||Warner Bros.||N/A||N/A|
|TBA||Candy Land||Kevin Lima||N/A|
|Pixels feature film||N/A|
|Summer School remake|
|Untitled Tonka Trucks movie|
|Bad Toys II feature film|
|This section requires expansion. (April 2012)|
Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received mixed to negative critical reception. As of June 2012, the only films to have received a 'fresh' rating are Reign Over Me and Funny People. Yet most movies, as per the table above, have been commercial successes relative to their production costs.
NOTE: Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores are out of 100. Roger Ebert scores out of 4.
- Rules of Engagement (2007-2013) (with Game Six Productions, CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008)
- Nick Swardson's Pretend Time (2010-11) (with Culver Entertainment)
- Breaking In (2011-12) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Goldbergs (2013) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporate Information for Happy Madison, Inc.
- "Grown Ups Sequel Planned". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- "Taylor Lautner to Join Adam Sandler in 'Grown Ups 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Kaufman, Amy. "With 'Grown Ups 2' poised for strong debut, will 'Pacific Rim' flop?". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Grown Ups 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Adam Sandler Swaps Paramount Western For Blended Family Fare At Warner Bros". Deadline. February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- "Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Comedy Blended Set For May 23, 2014". ComingSoon.net. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- "Frank Coraci to Direct Adam Sandler's Next". ComingSoon.net. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Fleming, Mike (31 January 2012). "Hasbro’s ‘Candy Land’ Lands With Adam Sandler". Deadline. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- "Look out, Adam Sandler! It's Donkey Kong's Space Invading Frogger!". Entertainment Weekly. November 10, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- Kit, Borys (2 April 2012). "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to Produce 'Summer School' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Sony Pictures Animation Drives Tonka Trucks to the Big Screen". ComingSoon.net. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Adapting 'Bad Toys II' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.