John Goodman Ready to Be 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

January 3, 2011
Source: THR

John Goodman / Book

We'll next see him in Kevin Smith's peculiar, but wholly interesting looking horror film Red State (which we'll be checking out at the Sundance Film Festival later this month), but not John Goodman has a new project lined up. THR reports The Big Lebowski star will join Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Stephen Daldry is directing the film which tells the story of Oskar, a 10-year old boy (to be portrayed by unknown child actor Thomas Horn) who loses his father (Hanks) in the 9/11 attacks and goes on a cathartic journey to deal with his loss.

The boy takes a journey across New York, looking for information relating to the lock-box key box left behind by his father and meets an assortment of people along the way who are each dealing with their own forms of grief and loss not entirely different from his own. Goodman's role is that of a doorman in Oskar's apartment building who goes on a trip to exhume the father's coffin. Surely plenty more high profile cast members should be announced soon with Stephen Daldry (The Reader) directing from a script by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) and this project is bound to be quite an awards contender down the road. Interested?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


cant wait for foer's adaptation! im a fan of the book!

ulm on Jan 3, 2011


This sounds helluva good. Xerxex, how do I get in touch with you.. personally?

Jon A. on Jan 4, 2011


I absolutely loved the book and I've always wanted it to be made into a movie. Needless to say I'm excited, especially with such an amazing so far.

Toto on Jan 4, 2011


Neat. And here I thought I didn't want another 9/11-ish movie.

Cracky on Jan 4, 2011



A5J4DX on Jan 4, 2011


Yes! Just finished reading this for my College English Class. I'm extremely excited for this adaptation.

PJH on Jan 5, 2011


This line-up won't do this book justice. Although any movie rarely does for such a story...this especially with a romanticizing director (sans reader) at the helm and sandra bullock involved....come on. I'll still see it but I can't see this being anything worthwhile in film form, with this cast...

nick b on Jan 8, 2011

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