“I’m just hoping [Vaughn] can convince [Stiller] with his idea,” Dodgeball co-star Justin Long said of a potential sequel.
Dodgeball castmate, Justin Long has revealed that his co-star, Vince Vaughan is ready to begin development on a sequel to the 2004 comedy. Speaking about the status of the sequel in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Long said Vaughan has brainstormed an idea to extend upon the original film, which followed two rivalling teams in the lead-up to a local dodgeball tournament.
“It’s a funny idea,” Long said of Vaughn’s sequel pitch, “I don’t wanna say what it is, [but] Vince is a very convincing person.” While Long remained tight-lipped on specifics around the sequel, he admitted that the film wouldn’t go ahead without the return of fellow actor, Ben Stiller, who portrayed a deranged gym owner in the Rawson Thurber-directed original. Vaughn revealed that his pitch is still awaiting Stiller’s approval, with the latter feeling a “little trepidatious about doing a sequel to something so beloved.”
“It’s very risky. You don’t wanna shit on the original, you want something just as good,” Long said, “So I think [Stiller] is a little wary of that, of trying to recreate something that was very specific to that time. But I hope he comes around on it.” While Stiller remains hesitant to develop a sequel, Long relayed the actor’s enjoyment of the initial role, saying Stiller “loves ‘Dodgeball’ and loves that character. I remember how much fun he had playing it. He was always laughing.”
It comes after Stiller — who elsewhere starred in the films Zoolander, When Harry Met Sally and Night at the Museum — was recently banned from entering Russia following his aid efforts in Ukraine. Stiller was prohibited from the war torn country alongside fellow actor, Sean Penn and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
Meanwhile, in other sequel news, Jamie Lee Curtis last month revealed plans to reprise her role in Freaky Friday, a 2003 comedy co-starring Lindsay Lohan.