Grab your "official" stuffed Angus doll and get ready for this news, hockey fans! A sequel to Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg's Goon is in the works. Word of the follow-up comes a little more than a year after the Michael Dowse-directed film made its official debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, though it didn't arrive in theaters until early 2012.
Goon starred Seann William Scott as Doug Glatt, a dimwitted but well-meaning bar bouncer whose hard head and powerful punch manages to earn him a spot on a minor league hockey team. Rounding out the cast of the original film was Alison Pill, who played Eva, Doug's foul-mouthed but adorable love interest, Liev Schreiber as Ross "The Boss" Rhea, Doug's opposition, Marc-Andre Grondin as Laflamme, one of Doug's teammates, and Baruchel, who played Doug's best friend Pat.
PlaybackOnline posted the news, stating that a script was in the works for a Goon sequel. Jay Baruchel retweeted the article and followed it up with some clarification:
Chabot is credited as an associate producer on the first film. Baruchel says that Goldberg will be involved as a producer (and that they're all going to work their asses off to make the movie as awesome as possible. He then posted a series of Tweets to give fans an idea of what they have in mind:
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.
He then went on to confirm that Michael Dowse will return to direct.
Personally, Goon was one of my favorite films this year, and while I can see the argument for it not needing a sequel, I can also see the first film as being an origin story of sorts, with Doug Glatt only just beginning to find his purpose and start his ascent to becoming a legendary minor league hockey enforcer. That mentioned ascent, which might include a few more lost teeth and broken bones, and maybe one or two mean guys aiming to take Doug down for good, could make for another exciting story if that's what they have in mind. So, I'm optimistic. High. Land. Ers!
If you haven't seen it yet, Goon is available streaming on Netflix.