“I hope he comes around to it,” Long said of Steeler’s involvement.
Justin Long ready to duck, dive, duck and dodge if persuasion is needed Ben Stiller star in “Volleyball” continued.
The actor of “Varvara” confirmed that the former colleague of the star Vince Vaughn spearheads the idea for a follow-up film featuring the rivalry between Average Joe’s Gym and Globo Gym. However, after Art flop “Zoolander 2”, Stiller is hesitant to return to the beloved 2004 sports comedy.
“Of course I’d love to do it and I hope it eventually happens, but I think Ben [Stiller] it’s a little bit … what he said to me on that podcast was that he’s a little scared to do a sequel to something that’s so beloved, something that people like so much,” Long said ComicBook.com. “It’s very risky, you don’t want to screw up the original, you want something just as good. So I think he’s a little cautious about that, about trying to recreate something that was very specific to that time, but I hope he can pull it off.”
Long continued, “Vince is a very persuasive person, so I just hope that Vince can convince him with his idea. It’s a funny idea, I don’t want to say what it is. I know Ben loves Dodgeball and loves this character. I remember how much fun he had playing. He was always laughing.”
Long noted that the cast’s 2017 charity reunion also sparked the Steelers.
“When we got together many years later to do a little get-together for this charity and Ben got his mustache back on, I remember him talking about how happy he was to play Wyatt Goodman again and how much fun the character was,” he concluded. Long. “I know Vince has a great idea for this and just need to get Ben on board with it.”
A potential Dodgeball sequel was in the works back in 2013, with Silicon Valley screenwriter Clay Tarver tapped to pen the script. Rawson writer-director Marshall Thurber also discussed a potential spin-off series.
Stiller previously said Esquire that Zuliantar 2 partly led him to direct dramas like Escape from Dannemora and The Rupture.
“I might have been distracted by other bright shiny objects, but instead it opened up an avenue where I could just do what I’ve honestly wanted to do for years, which is just direct something!” Stiller said. “I’m just going to work on this project that I want to work on because it takes a little bit of time to get these things going and if you don’t stick with it, you’re not going to get there.”
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