A Vince Vaughn-backed Dodgeball 2 is reportedly all set to go, although Ben Stiller’s reluctance may yet torpedo the project.
2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is still a beloved comedy some two decades on. It’s a film that remains a hoot to watch, and when you listen to those involved, sounds like it was equally fun to make.
With that in mind, you’d think a sequel might have happened by now and according to Justin Long, one of the original film’s ensemble, plans are most definitely afoot for Dodgeball 2 – although there is a slight hitch.
Long was recently chatting to Comicbook.com and revealed that the original film’s star, Vince Vaughn, has come up with an idea for a story that everybody seems keen to get behind. That’s with the possible exception of Ben Stiller who memorably portrayed White Goodman’ the movie’s antagonist.
“Of course I would love to do it, and I hope that it ends up happening, but I think Benis a little… what he told me on that podcast was that he’s a little trepidatious about doing a sequel to something so beloved, something that people enjoy so much”, Long explained. He added that “Vince is a very convincing person, so I’m just hoping Vince can convince him with his idea. It’s a funny idea, I don’t want to say what it is. I know Ben loves Dodgeball and loves that character. I remember how much fun he had playing it. He was always laughing”.
Stiller’s reticence is somewhat understandable. His belated return to another beloved comedy from that era, Zoolander, didn’t really work and you can understand his hesitation to put out something that could fall far short of the original.
Will it happen? That will remain to be seen, but with Stiller clearly set to hold the project up to the highest levels of scrutiny, should it find its way into production, we can but hope that what ultimately emerges will be worthy of the Dodgeball name.
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