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Magnet nabs U.S. rights to ‘Goon’

Seann William Scott stars in Dowse's hockey comedy

Magnet Releasing, genre arm to Magnolia Pictures, has taken US rights to Michael Dowse’s hockey comedy “Goon.”

Deal was announced early Tuesday morning at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. “Goon” premiered Friday at TIFF.

The film is produced by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and Jesse Shapira, Don Carmody, and Jay Baruchel.

Pic stars Seann William Scott as a mild-mannered hockey enforcer along with Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. Baruchel and Evan Goldberg pennned the script.

Scott plays a dumb but loveable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team.

Magnet plans an early 2012 theatrical release as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program.

The seven figure deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson with CAA, attorney James Feldman and Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures. CAA represents Baruchel and Schreiber.