Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn Returning for ‘Dodgeball 2′

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Ben Stiller’s film career – perhaps more so than his contemporary comic actors – has managed to capture the attention of moviegoers of all ages. On the one hand, he is known to kids for the Madagascar and Night at the Museum franchises, while older fans remember his darker, more satirical work in films like Tropic Thunder, Zoolander and There’s Something about Mary.

The announcement of Zoolander 2 seemed to indicate that he was ready to revisit some of his older-skewing material, but that film appears to have stalled as Stiller wraps production on his remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (which is already earning positive buzz). Now – with his return as Derek Zoolander apparently on hold – Stiller looks like he’s ready to revisit another one of his most memorable characters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is moving forward on a sequel to Stiller’s 2004 comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.  That film starred Stiller as fitness guru White Goodman whose corporate gym threatens the existence of a rundown competitor run by Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn). The two end up entering a dodgeball tournament to settle the score and decide the fate of Peter’s gym.

The sequel will be written by Clay Tarver – best known for the 2001 thriller Joy Ride – and will reportedly feature the Stiller and Vaughn characters joining forces against an even bigger threat. Stiller will also produce through his Red Hour Films production company.

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There’s no word at this point on who will play the common enemy that Stiller and Vaughn’s character will unite against, but given how often members of the so-called “Frat Pack” – the nickname granted to the group of funnymen that includes Stiller, Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Jack Black, among others – are keen to appear in each other films, don’t be surprised if a familiar face joins the cast.

From a financial standpoint, DodgeBall 2 (or whatever the official title ends up being) is a no-brainer, as the original film earned $168 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. To many moviegoers, the film – thanks in no small part to Stiller’s ridiculously over-the-top villain (practically identical to his villainous fitness guru from Heavyweights) – remains one of the more enjoyable comedies of the 2000s. The fact that the sequel won’t hit theaters until at least a full decade after its predecessor has probably only whetted fans’ appetites for more.

The sequel would also nicely offset the failure of Stiller and Vaughn’s last onscreen collaboration, The Watch, which was among last summer’s biggest disappointments. In fact, both actors seem intent to recapture their past successes. While Zoolander 2 remains a possibility for Stiller, Vaughn is set to join his Wedding Crashers co-star Wilson in The Internship in June.

Still, the question remains if DodgeBall 2 can recapture the magic of the original film and both lure back longtime fans and attract new ones.

Are you excited that DodgeBall 2 is officially on the way? Who would you like to see play the sequel’s villain? Shout out your suggestions in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on DodgeBall 2 as this story develops.

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Source: THR

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  1. I loved the first Dodgeball movie and personally think that it’s one of Ben Stiller’s best characters he’s ever played. Normally I would think sequels like these are pointless but I am really looking forward to seeing this movie. It’s a different writer this time around so lets hope this guy does not let us down.
    As for the villain I would like it to be Jim Carrey. He was in one of Ben Stiller’s movies before (The Cable Guy) and it would be interesting to see how the two both interact with each other as Stiller’s character is over the top whereas Jim Carrey actually is over the top. So I would really like to see that collaboration.

  2. Jason Bateman would be a great villain. Being an announcer in the original, plus has been gaining popularity as an actor with his newest movies and condescending attitude in identity thief, horrible bosses and the change up. I think it could be good.

  3. I love tha first dodgeball and can’t wait for tha second one too come out. Im even excited jus to see tha trailer for it. I still hope white goodman is still tha same cause he’s my favorite comedy villian, but i also love all tha frat pack movies, even the watch. I watch all of em. I can’t wait to see it happen.

  4. I love tha first dodgeball and can’t wait for tha second one too come out. Im even excited jus to see tha trailer for it. I still hope white goodman is still tha same cause he’s my favorite comedy villian, but i also love all tha frat pack movies, even the watch. I watch all of em. I can’t wait to see it happen. And also i hope jason Bateman still announces tha games on espn 8 tha ocho.

  5. Will Ferrel, Zach Galifianakis, Channing Tatum, John C. Reily, or Jonah Hill

  6. ron burgendy and his team are in town and want to turn the gym into a news room, but must win a tournament to take over.

  7. Loved the first movie.
    Jack Black should definitely play the common enemy.

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