Vince Vaughn confirms he and Ben Stiller are open to doing sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story… but only ‘if it feels right and it’s funny’
One month after Justin Long revealed Vince Vaughn had ‘a great idea’ for a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Vaughn is now addressing all the rumors that have since surfaced in the wake of his disclosure.
During Wednesday’s premiere of the new comedy Christmas With The Campbells, which Vaughn co-wrote and produced, he confirmed his and Ben Stiller’s interest in doing a follow-up, as long as it involves quality material.
‘They’ve always talked about these things forever and I had an idea that was fun and the studio likes it, so we’ll see where it goes,’ Vaughn, 52, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Sequel rumors: Vince Vaughn, 52, confirmed his interest in doing a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), but only ‘if it feels right and it’s funny’; the actor talked about a possible Dodgeball follow-up at the premiere of Christmas With The Campbells on Wednesday
In the original film, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the story follows a group of misfits entering a dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.
It went on to become a hit with fans at the worldwide box office 18 years ago, grossing $188.4 million on a $20 million budget.
Vaughn, who played Average Joe’s Gym owner Pete LaFleur, shared that Stiller is interested in reprising his role as White Goodman, the owner of Globo Gym who tried to buy out Average Joe’s, but only if there’s a funny and original script.
‘I think Ben [Stiller] is open to doing it, I think he’s in the same boat as me actually which is if it’s a really fun and great idea then that’s fun, but if it’s just something to go do it again then why?’ Vaughn explained.
Talks ongoing: Vaughn said he presented ‘a fun idea for a sequel’ to the studio and that ‘they liked it’ during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
Mr Average Joe: In the original, Vaughn played Average Joe’s Gym owner Pete LaFleur, a laid back and casual man whose lack of attention led to his gym being foreclosed
Vaughn used A Christmas Story Christmas (2022), the new sequel to the hit film A Christmas Story (1983) as an example of how to do a sequel right. By following Ralphie as a grownup, the film, which Vaughn served as a producer, isn’t just a retelling of the original.
Vaughn believes sequels can be successful when the screenplay has ‘a story that could stand on its own.’
‘You would just want to make sure going into Dodgeball that it feels like a nice continuation…, said the Wedding Crashers star. ‘I think for all of us if it feels right and it’s funny, it would be something to go back to, and if it’s not, it’s just another idea getting kicked around.’
Secret to success: Vaughn believes sequels can be successful when the screenplay has ‘a story that could stand on its own’; Stiller, 57, who played White Goodman, starred alongside real-life wife Christine Taylor
Along with Vaughn and Stiller, the original Dodgeball film starred Stiller’s real-life wife, Christine Taylor, as well as the late Rip Torn, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 88, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Alan Tudyk, Joel David Moore, Chris Williams, Missi Pyle, Jamal Duff, Gary Cole, Jason Bateman and William Shatner, among others.
In fact, it was Long who revealed Vaughn’s interest in doing a sequel when he spoke to ComicBook.com in late October.
‘Vince is a very convincing person, so I’m just hoping Vince can convince [Stiller] with his idea,’ Long, who played Average Joe’s customer Justin Redman in the original, said at the time, adding, ‘It’s a funny idea, I don’t wanna say what it is.’
Bonafide hit: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story went on to become a hit with fans at the worldwide box office 18 years ago, grossing $188.4 million on a $20 million budget