It doesn’t matter if Vince Vaughn has a ‘great’ idea for a Dodgeball sequel, Ben Stiller is ‘wary’ of revisiting the beloved story.
Co-star Justin Long has revealed he tried to bring his colleagues together to chat about a follow-up to the 2004 hit movie, and while he would ‘love’ to jump back on that court and go up against the Cobras not everyone is convinced by the potential project.
The film focused on Vince’s character Peter La Fleur and Ben’s frankly deranged White Goodman, who are rival gym owners who face off in a dodgeball tournament – Peter’s underdog Average Joe’s vs White’s snazzy Globo Gym’s Purple Cobras.
Justin – who played Justin Redman in the film – explained he and Vince had discussed a potential sequel while working together on upcoming festive film Christmas with the Campbells and felt he had to ‘facilitate’ a meeting between Vince and Ben when the Night at the Museum star appeared on his Life Is Short podcast in June.
Justin said: ‘So I had just been around Vince a lot, and Vince had been telling me that he has this great idea for a sequel.
‘I don’t know if he had yet pitched it to Ben, but I kind of set up the pitch, I felt like I should facilitate the pitch.
‘Of course I would love to do it and I hope that it ends up happening, but I think Ben is a little, what he told me on that podcast was that he’s a little trepidatious about doing a sequel to something so beloved, something that people enjoy so much that.
‘It’s very risky, you don’t wanna s*** on the original, you want something just as good.
‘So I think [Ben 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.’
But Justin is hopeful Vince can change Ben’s mind.
He added to ComicBook.com: ‘Vince is a very convincing person, so I’m just hoping Vince can convince him with his idea. It’s a funny idea, I don’t wanna say what it is.’
During Ben’s appearance on the podcast, he confirmed to Justin that he and Vince had discussed the idea of a follow-up to the hit comedy, which banked $169million (£146m) at the global box office.
He said: ‘It’s a good idea. I just – I feel like – sequel, sequelitis.
‘It’s such a good one that you don’t want to…’
We suppose watch this space? Maybe?