Fox and Red Hour Films (Ben Stiller's production company) have signed on Clay Tarver to write the new movie, which will feature the original film's protagonist, played by Vince Vaughn, teaming up with his rival (Stiller) to "fight an even bigger threat," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The sequel had long been discussed -- even mocked on an episode of Ricky Gervais's show "Extras" in which Stiller guest starred -- but no firm plans for its creation had been made until now.
Tarver -- whose biggest writing credit to date was 2001's "Joy Ride," which he co-wrote with J.J. Abrams -- has been making waves in the industry lately, working on a movie about a nerdy college basketball team with Disney and Red Hour, and another film about barbershop quartets with Disney and Abrams. His penchant for quirky stories should lend itself well to the oddball sensibilities of "Dodgeball."
No word yet on additional plot details, casting, or a release date, but we're asking now that "Dodgeball 2" find some way to incorporate the first film's wacky announcing team of Cotton and Pepper (Gary Cole and Jason Bateman). Here's hoping they're still lighting up The Ocho a decade later.