Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller Back in the Game for 'Dodgeball' Sequel
Besides both appearing in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in 2004 as rival news anchors in a big street fight, comedy actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn got a little more screentime together as bitter rivals in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story that same year. Well, if Anchorman can have a sequel, then so can Dodgeball. THR has word that Stiller and producing partner Stuart Cornfield have hired Clay Tarver to write the sequel which would reunite Stiller's high strug White Goodman of Globo Gym and Vaughn's Peter LaFleur of Average Joe's as they must team up in order to fight a bigger threat. More below!
It's not clear what that threat would be, but it would be cool to see them incorporate Trampoline Dodgeball into the film this time. A sequel has been talked about since the film pulled in $167 million worldwide on a $20 million budget, but no active moves were really made since then. As for Tarver, his biggest film achievement is co-writing the horror thriller Joy Ride with J.J. Abrams, but he's directed a couple episodes of "The Upright Citizens Brigade," and has dabbled in comedy over the years, not to mention having several scripts sold and in development at Disney.
Maybe Fox is high on the positive reception to footage from Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty from CinemaCon last week, but this news kind of comes out of nowhere. With Anchorman, there was always some sort of talk about efforts to get the project off the ground, but Dodgeball never really had anyone clamoring for a sequel. However, Vaughn and Stiller have only become bigger names since 2004, and if supporting cast members like Justin Long, Stephen Root, Alan Tudyk, Gary Cole and Jason Bateman can be rounded up, then this could be fun, I suppose. Thoughts?