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?
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
DAVIDPD on Apr 22, 2013
Will we learn the mythical 6th 'D' of dodgeball?
OfficialJab on Apr 22, 2013
Just another pointless sequel that will be permanently forgotten a week after it premieres. Hollywood has one thing going for it - it's saving me from spending a lot of money at the movie theater.
racquetman on Apr 22, 2013
Dodgeball II: Balls to the Wall
DarthVerous on Apr 22, 2013
Xerxexx on Apr 22, 2013
Cant wait, big fan
Soldierjf on Apr 22, 2013
Unnecessary, but will probably be enjoyable.
grimjob on Apr 22, 2013
My thoughts exactly. I kind of hate that I'm going to see it, but I know I'll have a good time. ...well I hope I have a good time, at least.
Mike P. on Apr 22, 2013
as long as it's similar in tone and humor as the 1st one...
Maverick Pete on Apr 23, 2013
Dodgeball: Balls of Steel
truong18 on Apr 22, 2013
I'm apparently one of the few people that enjoyed The Watch. I love Ben Stiller in basically everything he's done, and I really hope they can some day get the Zoolander sequel off the ground as well.
the_situasian on Apr 22, 2013
Wouldn't say the watch was good by any means but, like you, I enjoyed it.
Jon Odishaw on Apr 22, 2013
This makes me happy beyond words!
Nielsen700 on Apr 22, 2013
I want Step Brothers 2!
Matt Peloquin on Apr 22, 2013
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a sequel! But in all seriousness I'd see it, is it crucial for a sequel no but I'm sure it will have some good laughs!
N. on Apr 22, 2013
Hope they get back the same director and writers. I don't like the way mainstream comedies are going now days, they've lost their kick. Burt Wonderstone, the watch, The Campaign... they just seem to not be as good as they were maybe 3, 4 years ago.
Guy who comments on things on Apr 22, 2013
si1ver on Apr 22, 2013
Loved loved loved the first one. Excited for this
Mubariz Ahmedi on Apr 23, 2013
Ifyou can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball
bigfan on Apr 23, 2013
HerCar on Apr 23, 2013
Work on a Zoolander sequel first.
Guest on Apr 23, 2013
Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Apr 23, 2013
Why not Zoolander 2?
LosZombies on Apr 23, 2013
Sorry, no commenting is allowed at this time.