Jay Baruchel Tweets GOON 2 Update; Will Co-Write with Jesse Chabot and Michael Dowse Will Return to Direct; Evan Goldberg Will Produce

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We haven’t talked much about the under-the-radar hockey picture, Goon, since earlier this year, but writer/star Jay Baruchel lit up the Twitterverse today with talk of a sequel.  The original starred Sean William Scott (American Pie) as Doug Glatt, the black sheep of his brainy family who works as a bouncer until an opportunity arises for him to be an enforcer on an underdog semi-pro hockey team. There is no word yet as to the plot of the sequel, but Baruchel will return to write the script with Jesse Chabot, director Michael Dowse will also return to direct the sequel; Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote the original, will return as a producer.  Hit the jump to hear from Baruchel himself.

jay-baruchel-goonCheck out what Baruchel had to say on Twitter, neatly gathered up for you rather than reading it 140 characters at a time:

Jay Baruchel ‏@BaruchelNDG

I’d like to say thank you to all of you for all the GOON 2 love. You guys are wicked.

Though I do feel the need to clarify something from the last article I posted, GOON 2 will be written by @jessechabot and myself.

Evan Goldberg will be involved as a producer and we will all be working our asses off to make as awesome a flick as possible.

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.

Sorry for the tweet carpet bombing, just wanted to provide context and give appropriate respect to my boy @jessechabot
And YES @mdowse is directing the motherfucker! #gaypornhard

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  • Roger Flanagan

    Goon is a very cool original story, hopefully the sequel can hold up to the high standard the first one created.

  • thug

    I just watched Goon for the first time tonight and I couldn’t be happier about this news! Goon was the most genuine movie i’ve seen in a long time and I would love to see more. keep up the good work!

  • rob

    Um… Goon is an awesome movie and everything, but it only made 6 million dollars. It must have had really small production budget.

  • paul tracy

    the previous 3 commenters are those responsible for encouraging this stuff to keep filling up theaters. thanks for the cesspool, gentlemen.

    ~ p

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  • glen

    good movie. make more.

  • Darlene

    You have to love hockey to really like this film and I LOVE HOCKEY! Can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Sicknickel

    Goon is my favorite sports movie, hope they make many more!

  • moderniste

    I LOVED this movie and have been able to watch it again and again on Showtime. It is much more complex than it’s silly, typical sports comedy packaging suggests. For instance, the uber-Canadian-ness of everything is perfectly detailed, down to the Canadian rockers soundtrack. I’m reminded of a scene in which the announcer using the steps of preparing poutine (!) to stand as a metaphor for teams getting ready for the big playoff game.

    Sean William Scott developed a note-perfect persona, and his voice is so moderated, calm and kind as he carefully says one guileless thing after another–a far cry from his smooth, fast-talking Stifler. You can’t help but adore him, and it goes a long way to developing a totally atypical “goon” character that provides exactly the needed comedic tension.

    The support cast is nothing short of brilliant. The continuously filthy-mouth, genitally obsessed Russians are a great tag team of absurdity and “puss-puss”. Baruchel is brilliant and incredibly hyper-disgusting, Richard Clarkin playing team captain Ogilvy is unhinged by his impending divorce, and Jonathan Cherry playing goalie Belchior is the constant good-natured whipping boy for the above-mentioned foul-mouthed Ruskies. Eugene Levy makes yet another cameo as a Jewish Dad, though his character actually has some depth as he is a bit of an intellectual snob, expecting his Jewish son to be a doctor, and is uninterested in sports.

    I was pleasantly surprised by Quebecois Marc-André Grondin playing handsome, ladies-man LaFlamme, the jaded, partying primadonna player poised to comeback who becomes Doug’s focus upon the ice and off. I’d never seen him before, but he has excellent comic timing as well as a very handsome/pretty boy face that keeps you watching him. Also excellent are Liev Schrieber, no surprise there, and Kim Coates, fresh from his really tough-guy turn on SONS OF ANARCHY; here he’s sardonic, loose and very Canadian. And then there’s Alison Pill, Baruchel’s real-life paramour. Her giggly shaking laugh is utterly infectious, and she is believeable as the kind of tough, experienced baddish-girl who could be a high-maintenance nightmare but is ultimately a real catch, and more important, perfect for head-in-the-clouds Doug. If they’d cast a do-gooder pre-school teacher blonde doll for Doug’s love interest, I would have been extremely disappointed.

    I also love how the overall tone of the film is straight ahead guileless. It’s a farce, but does not play like the typically heavy-handed sports comedy; rather it has a gentle pace and tone without a continual onslaught of reaching-for-the-fences punchlines and visual jokes or pratfalls. The funniness comes from the innate gentle silliness of the characters, and the lovingly realized Canadian hockey obsession.

    The dialogue is often hilarious as well, especially the insanely curse-laden tirades by coaches, hockey announcers (best since BEST IN SHOW!), the Russians and Doug’s best bud, Jay Baruchel’s character whose physical and oral obscenities have to be seen to be believed.

    Having Doug the Thug Glatt be so uncompromisingly sweet and moral provides a moral center to the film that ends up leaving the viewer with a classic feel-good sports movie glow as the movie concludes, and you are drawn to listening to the quirky and excellent closing tracks along with some genuine footage of the Doug whom this movie is based upon, all the way to the last lines.

    There are enough hackneyed or typical sports movie moments and shots done with a straight face that serve to push the comedy even further forward without having to rely on constant absurdity and broad humour. This will be a classic for years to come; it’s made with sophistication and surprising restraint, yet it’s so funny that I can watch it 2 or 3 times a week as it’s repeated on Showtime. Good work, guys!

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