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Before Veronica Mars could try to kickstart anything, David Fincher and Goon comic book creator, writer/artist Eric Powell, used the service to raise money to take a step or two forward with a proposed CG animated version of Powell’s comic. Goon has struggled forward as a project for a few years, with early test footage appearing at Comic Con years back, and Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti long attached to voice major characters.

They’re still attached, said Powell when asked recently about the status of the project. ”Everyone who was originally attached is still attached,” he said.

The Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a rough early version of the full feature was a success, and now Fincher, Powell, and Blur Studios are working to make the next stage of Goon‘s big-screen evolution a reality. Check out footage of Powell talking about the movie below.  Read More »

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Jay Baruchel Offers Update On ‘Goon 2′

One of the early surprises of 2012 was the hockey comedy Goon. Directed by Michael Dowse and written by Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel, the film starred Seann William Scott as a small-time hockey enforcer whose talent for violence leads him to the big time. Not only does the film feature a classic sports story, it has heart, violence and lots of character. Debuting On Demand and then hitting theaters, the film turned a small little profit and gained a passionate fan base, one curious to see where the story would go next.

Baruchel, who also starred in the film, took to Twitter to update fans on Goon 2. He’s currently co-writing it with Jesse Chabot, Goldberg will produce and Dowse will return to direct. Read his statements after the jump. Read More »

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Twelve years after the release of American Pie, I still associate Seann William Scott most strongly with the role of obnoxious, douchey Stifler. But in Michael Dowse’s hockey comedy Goon, Scott stars as Stifler’s polar opposite: “Doug, the nicest guy you’ll ever fight.”

Scripted by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the film follows a bouncer whose fighting skills land him a spot on a minor league hockey team, despite the fact that he can’t even skate. Writer Baruchel does double duty as Doug’s best pal, while Alison Pill stars as Doug’s love interest and Liev Schreiber as Doug’s nemesis. Watch the new green-band trailer and a clip from the film after the jump.

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Because film development has turned into a game that is more competitive than most sports, we have dueling pictures brewing for a great many subjects. Hockey is a pretty natural subject for a movie duel, however. The film Goon is the first of two to come out of the gate.

Goon stars Seann William Scott as a bouncer who is recruited for a minor league hockey team based on his domineering fighting skills. Magnet bought the movie for US distribution after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we’ve already seen a Canadian teaser trailer that showed off the movie’s basic look and tone.

Now here’s the full trailer that will play in Canada; we can probably expect basically the same clip to be released for US audiences with the Magnet logo tacked on. Check it out below.

Update: A red-band US trailer hit today, too, and has been added below. Read More »

Kevin Smith isn’t the only one with a hockey movie brewing. You might recall that Seann William Scott was provisionally cast in Smith’s next and possibly last film, Hit Somebody, but then ended up starring in this other hockey comedy, Goon, instead.

Goon stars Scott as a bouncer who joins a minor league hockey team as he discovers his talents for fighting and skating. Liev Schreiber is his mustachioed nemesis, Alison Pill is a romantic interest and Jay Baruchel plays a supporting role. Baruchel wrote with Evan Goldberg (Superbad co-writer) inspired by the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio.

The film played at Toronto to great audience response (Toronto certainly being the best fest at which to debut a hockey film) and subsequently sold to Magnet for around $2m. A few more details, and a new Canadian trailer are after the break. Read More »

You’ve probably noticed that there’s been a lot of David Fincher coverage in the past few days. But what can we do? He’s one of the most interesting mainstream directors working today, he’s got a good number of potential new projects, and he’s doing a lot of interviews. Sadly we’re not getting all the updates on new films in the same place, so piecemeal it is.

This time two different interviews yield a firm but not particularly encouraging update on the adaptation of Eric Powell‘s comic book Goon (not, I suppose I should clarify, the hockey comedy) and something that might be an update on the proposed new version of Heavy Metal. Read More »

Movie Poster: The Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’

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We just saw the first images from Goon, the hopeful inheritor of the legacy of classic hockey comedy Slap Shot. Seann William Scott probably isn’t going to be the new Paul Newman, but the film has potential, thanks in part to the cast which includes Allison Pill, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber. Now there is a sales poster that was seen in the wild at the American Film Market and, unlike a great many sales posters, it’s actually pretty good. Read More »

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