During the press junket for Cop Out over the weekend, Kevin Smith revealed to NHL.com that Seann William Scott will star in his next film, Hit Somebody, about a hockey player in the '70s who's more well known for his fighting skills than hockey skills. Meanwhile, Scott revealed the same thing to Coming Soon, saying "I grew up playing hockey, which is good because the character's not supposed to be a great player, he's a great fighter, so it's a really amazing film. He's writing it right now and he asked me about a month ago to do it and I'm like 'for sure.' I can skate okay, I'll definitely have to practice... but I can fight."
The film, which is based on the Warren Zevon hockey song, will mark a return for Smith to both writing and directing after only helming Cop Out off someone else's script (a first for Smith). The filmmaker also revealed to Coming Soon that he's "going for the Forest Gump of sports movies, but not in terms of visual effects, but it takes place through many different eras." Knowing how passionate Smith is about the sport, there's a very good chance this could turn out to be his best film in years.
Meanwhile, as part of that same conversation with Coming Soon, Scott also revealed that he's had talks regarding a reprisal of his Stifler role from the American Pie films in that new big-screen sequel we reported on last week. He says, "I've been talking to them about it and there's a possibility. We came up with an awesome idea and I'm kind of at the point where I'm already known as that character forever anyways. As much as I want to do a part like Christoph Waltz in 'Inglourious Basterds,' I did 'American Pie' three times and then versions of that in ten other movies. If it makes sense and if it makes people laugh than maybe."
Knowing Scott is in talks to reprise his role most likely means this will be a straight sequel and not a franchise reboot ... unless they bring back some of the franchise's original characters to help re-launch it a la what Ghostbusters seems to be doing. If that's the case, then we'd be looking at a weird sort of sequel/reboot hybrid.
Which film are you looking forward to more?