Hockey comedy to Australia, Benelux, Russia

Myriad Pictures has closed more than a dozen territories for the hockey comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber.

“Goon,” which sold to Magnolia for domestic during the Toronto Film Festival, sold to Entertainment One for the U.K., South Africa and Germany during the American Film Market. Splendid will handle the theatrical release in Germany.

Other territories sold during AFM include Australia to Village Roadshow; Benelux (A-Film); CIS/Russia (CD Land/Voxell); France to Seven7Sept, with theatrical release through Metropolitan; Indonesia (PT Fresto); Latin America (Swen Intl.); Middle East (Eagle Films); Pan Asia pay TV (Star TV); Scandinavia (Nordisk); Switzerland (Praesens); and Turkey to D Prods.

Magnet is planning a late February theatrical release. Alliance Films has rights in Canada.

The story follows the career path of a bouncer-turned-hockey player — played by Scott — who ends up going head-to-head with the league’s toughest goon, portrayed by Schreiber. Eugene Levy plays Scott’s disapproving father and Jay Baruchel his manic best friend while Allison Pill stars as the romantic interest.

“Goon” was directed by Michael Dowse (“Take Me Home Tonight”) from a script by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad”). Producers are Don Carmody (“Resident Evil”), David Gross and Jesse Shapira.

“‘Goon’ has sold very well at the AFM,” said Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico. “We think that the film transcends the sport of hockey in that it is a broad, raunchy comedy that appeals to a wide audience. Our international distributors have indicated that their target is theatrical audiences.”

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