It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 10 years since we first saw Vince Vaughn and his rag-tag team of Average Joes beat Ben Stiller’s evil Globo-Gym hard bodies at dodgeball. Though there have been whispers about a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story for years, it looks like something is finally happening and we might see Stiller and Vaughn back on the dodgeball court fairly soon.
Fox and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Film have hired screenwriter Clay Tarver (Joy Ride) to draft the screenplay. EW spoke to Tarver, a writer and musician and UCB alum, about the follow-up.
“I’ve always for some reason done real grounded stuff that was about a little subculture here or there,” said Tarver, including a J.J. Abrams-produced script about the world of competitive barbershop “chorus” singing, and a hunting comedy with Mike Judge. Neither of those projects have made it to fruition, but both laid the foundation for his involvement in Dodgeball. “Dodgeball is not very grounded, but it was very fun. It seemed like the right fit,” Tarver admitted, adding that the deal has been in the works for about a year.
Stiller and Vaughn have been involved in a lot of the pre-work, involving treatments and rough story ideas. “I think the idea came when they were filming The Watch,” he said, referring to the 2012 film.
Tarver was predictably tight-lipped about any plot details, but die-hard Dodgeball fans can get excited about one major hint. In the sequel, Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) and White Goodman (Ben Stiller) have to team up to defeat a common foe. “The great opportunity is that those guys ended still completely at odds. And now they’ll have to work together, which will be really fun,” says Tarver who expects to have a script finished in a few months.
Now, where’s that Zoolander sequel?
THR broke the news Monday. Reps for Red Hour did not respond to EW’s request for comment.