DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Sequel Gets A Writer

It's actually fairly surprising that it's taken this long for us to hear about a sequel to 2004's DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. While the film was ultimately overshadowed by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was released the same summer and almost instantly earned cult movie status, DodgeBall was actually a bigger winner at the box office, taking in nearly $115 million domestically on a $20 million budget. As a result, the following news was inevitable - it just took a while to get here.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Red Hour Films (the production company owned by Ben Stiller) and 20th Century Fox have teamed up and hired screenwriter Clay Tarver to work on a script for a sequel to DodgeBall. The trade notes that Stiller and Vince Vaughn, who co-starred in the movie, have been thinking about a potential follow-up for a long time, but have never fulled the trigger. The story this time around will reportedly see their characters, White Goodman and Peter La Fleur, forced to team up against "an even bigger threat."

Tarver's only produced credit is the 2001 thriller Joy Ride, which he co-wrote with J.J. Abrams. Rawson Marshall Thurber, who is helming the upcoming pot comedy We're The Millers, both wrote and directed the original.

The last time we saw La Fleur and Goodman the former was running a successful line of gyms, while the latter had once again become a fat, disgusting mess. How the two characters will reconnect is a mystery that will only be solved with time.

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