John Goodman To Be Extremely Loud

January 4, 2011 by  
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John-Goodman210Having performed for the small screen recently as part of the first series of HBO’s Treme, Johnman is now heading back to the big one, joining an exciting production of Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s widely renowned novel, Extremely Loud already boasts an impressive cast, with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and young quiz show winner Thomas Horn all featuring in the story of Oskar (Horn), the vastly precocious and enterprising nine-year-old whose father dies in the September 11 attacks.

Unable to cope and desperate for solutions, Oskar sets out on a journey across New York to locate the lock that his father’s mysterious key might open. But in a city with almost 20m people, this proves some task, and in his struggle Oskar is guided and misguided by a host of eccentric citizens, many dealing with similar grievances of their own.

Goodman has signed on to play the bombastic doorman in the young boy’s apartment building, who helps Oskar exhume his father’s coffin.

The book is a particularly progressive example of visual writing, employing typesetting, images, spaces and sometimes blank pages to give the book a visual dimension beyond the prose narrative. Which must surely give rise to some incredibly inventive scriptwriting from writer Eric Roth. Roth’s previous efforts have brought to life The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Insider, and Forrest Gump, so it’s hardly surprising that the adapted screenplay to Foer’s novel already has a reputation of it’s own.

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