Since it’s kind of a slow news day, I thought it would be worth catching up on some news that managed to slipped by while I was on vacation. Kevin Smith is currently in the midst of shooting his indie horror flick Red State (he released the mysterious first photo via Twitter), but earlier this year he had also been talking a lot about his proposed hockey movie Hit Somebody. He was really excited about reteaming with Cop Out co-star Seann William Scott for the lead role, and although no deal had been announced, it sounded like Scott was definitely on board. Well, this month we found out that he may have been more eager to star in a hockey flick than we originally thought, and unfortunately Seann William Scott will be lacing up his skates for another director instead. He has signed on to star in Goon, an indie comedy written by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg.
The movie is based on Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio’s book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, and it will co-star Baruchel along with Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Marc-Andre Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.). Eugene Levy and Liev Schrieber have also since joined the cast. The thing that really caught my attention is the fact that the movie is being helmed by FUBAR director Michael Dowse and will be shot in Winnipeg, Canada.
Scott’s character is a bouncer who discovers that his ability to throw punches can be better used as an enforcer on the ice. It definitely sounds somewhat similar to Hit Somebody, although Smith had hinted that his movie might have some more dramatic elements in it as well. He lamented the loss of Seann William Scott in a recent episode of Hollywood Babble-On, but he didn’t begrudge him for it. So what do you think, did they just steal Smith’s thunder here? Which hockey movie are you looking forward to more?