One of the more pleasant surprises of the year was Seann William Scott’s turn in the Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg-penned hockey comedy “Goon.” The Canuck laffer has spawned something of a cult, with the movie being a favorite in some corners of the internet, in addition to it doing strong business north of the border. Now it looks like we’ll get to see the continuing adventures of the Halifax Highlanders on the big screen.
According to PlaybackOnline (via Cinema Blend), a script is in the works for a sequel to the film and Baruchel confirmed the story on Twitter. Although Goldberg co-wrote the first film with Baruchel, here he’ll only be involved as a producer, ceding co-writing duties to associate producer Jesse Chabot. “Please know this: GOON is pretty close to sacred for all of us involved and we would only be entertaining the idea of continuing the saga if we were all equally convinced that Doug, Laflamme, Stevesy, the Russians, Rolie, Ogilvy Belchy and Eva were only getting started. We will give them and you guys the epic, violent, heartfelt awesomeness that is not just deserved but required. HIGH. LAND. ERS,” Baruchel posted in a series of tweets.
There’s no timeline for the sequel as yet but we do know that original director Michael Dowse is returning to helm the sequel. But if you need more stick-meets-ice action, there are more hockey movies in development including Rob Zombie’s “Broad Street Bullies,” centered around the notorious 1970s Philadelphia Flyers, and Kevin Smith’s much-talked-about, not-actually-happening-yet “Hit Somebody.” As for “Goon 2,” while we only mildly enjoyed the first entry it’s hard to deny Baruchel and co. are enthused and it’s certainly the best role Scott has had in a while, so why not? The question is: who is going to step into the big bad guy shoes left behind by Liev Schreiber‘s Ross Rhea?