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‘Dodgeball’ Sequel Hurling Forward

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'Dodgeball' 2001

Ben Stiller in 'Dodgeball,' 2001 (Photo: Everett Collection)

For those of you who didn't get enough of the Average Joe dodgeball team getting knocked around -- for a cause -- in 2004's "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," we have some great news for you: Fox is finally moving forward with a sequel.

Screenwriter Clay Tarver has been hired to pen the film followup that's being devised by the studio as well as producers Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfield of Red Hour Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Tarver's previous credits include 2001’s "Joy Ride," which he co-wrote with J.J. Abrams.

While the plot of the first film revolved around the rivalry between Peter la Fleur's (Vince Vaughn) Average Joe and White Goodman's (Ben Stiller) Globo-Gym dodgeball teams, the sequel will reportedly have the rivals team up to take down an even bigger threat.

The first film earned $114 million at the box office, and the second stands to make more -- depending on who is cast. The sequel announcement did not confirm whether Stiller and Vaughn will return to their ball-throwing roles, though their involvement is expected -- especially since they have discussed the idea of revisiting the characters in the years since the first film came out. It was also the subject of a joke Rickey Gervais made on his show "Extras" in the episode which featured Stiller as a self-obsessed, over-the-top version of himself.

Depending on when film production begins, fans can also hope to see the rest of the Average Joes and Globo-Gym squad in the sequel -- scene-and-ball-stealers like Stiller’s wife, Christine Taylor, Justin Long, and Alan Tudyk.

There is no word yet on whether the film’s first director and co-writer Rawson Marshall Thurber will return to helm the sequel. Thurber is currently wrapping up production on upcoming pot comedy "We're the Millers," starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Ed Helms.

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