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Don't cancel your subscription to ESPN 8: The Ocho just yet. It looks like we're gearing up for another game of dodgeball. Fox is teaming up with Ben Stiller's Red Hour production company to put into motion the sequel to 2004's 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.' The original film starred Stiller and Vince Vaughn as rival gym owners who end up settling their dispute in the championships of the National Dodgeball Association of America. Clay Tarver ('Joy Ride') has been hired to pen the script for the followup. The sequel, according to reports, will center on Vaughn and Stiller having to team-up to take on an even greater threat. No word yet on when the sequel may begin shooting.
I'm actually very okay with the idea of a 'Dodgeball' sequel. First of all, they've been trying to get this thing off the ground for a long time, so it's not as if anyone is suddenly being forced to rehash this as an easy cash-grab. Not only that, but I have really enjoyed Vaughn and Stiller as a comedic team. Not only was the first 'Dodgeball' a hell of a lot of fun, but I even liked how the two played off one another in 'The Watch.' Since 'Dodgeball,' I feel like each of these guys has had only one excellent movie; for Stiller it was 'Tropic Thunder' and for Vaughn it was 'Wedding Crashers.' So both could really use a win right about now. Granted they did both appear in 'Anchorman,' but that was also in 2004 and they had quite minor roles in that film. I'm looking forward to seeing not only to how the team-up between these two previously bitter rivals will work, but also to see who else may be added to the cast in all sorts of capacities. One of the best things about 'Dodgeball' was the ensemble cast and parade of cameos. Oh, and of course, it'll be fun to see how they are going to explain away White Goodman's wildly fluctuating weight.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about the prospect of a 'Dodgeball' sequel? Who else, besides those in the original cast, do you hope turns up?