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 found success with his first venture into screenwriting, the hockey comedy Goon. The movie premiered Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to come out of the fest with a distribution deal. The actor/writer is not one to rest on his laurels, and is already setting up his next project—another sports comedy—with writing partner Jesse Chabot. Variety reports Baruchel and Chabot will adapt the 2005 non-fiction book Baseballissimo by Dave Bidini. The book “charts the author’s family adventures in Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy, where American G.I.s introduced the game in 1944.” Rush frontman and “baseball fanatic” Geddy Lee optioned the book last year, and will team with A71 president David Miller and Bidini to produce.
I love a good sports comedy, and given Matt and Steve’s reaction to Goon, Baruchel and Chabot are the right men for the job. Currently, the duo is also working on Random Acts of Violence and Exorcism Diaries. Read the synopsis for Baseballissimo after the jump.
It’s a tradition for the acting folk who got their big break on a Judd Apatow production to double as screenwriters going forward, notably Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and John Francis Daley (his first produced feature screenplay Horrible Bosses opens July 8). Jay Baruchel is headed down the same path after a first taste with the recently wrapped hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote with Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Heat Vision reports actor is on board as a writer for two more projects with his writing partner Jesse Chabot. Baruchel and Chabot are signed to adapt the comic book Random Acts of Violence, “the blood-soaked story of two comic creators and their ultimate horror character Slasherman creation gone very wrong.” Additionally, Baruchel and Chabot are in final negotiations with Summit to rewrite Exorcism Diaries, which centers on “a reporter searching for the truth behind the most famous exorcism in history.” Hit the jump for more on each project.