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OK, being 100% honest, the panel for The Goon, based on Eric Powell‘s comics (he’s also scripting) and produced by David Fincher, may be the best panel I’ve ever seen at Comic Con. It was pure, ridiculous, hilarious performance art.

Sitting at the panel, where character creator Eric Powell called up the head of Blur Studios to show off some footage for the animated film, it was difficult to tell what, exactly, was going on. Because there was a little kid in a Mexican wrestler’s cape and mask pretending to huff glue into his mic. During the course of the panel the kid constantly whispered insanity and sound effects, stopping everything dead. He kinda killed. So did Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who were inexplicably ‘moderating’ in character as Powell’s brothers from Tennessee. The panel was beautiful anarchy, and we got some news about the movie, too. (And for the record, there’s no official or even unofficial word that Garant and Lennon are involved in the Goon film; their names weren’t even mentioned, as they were in character the whole time.) Read More »

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First Look: David Fincher’s The Goon

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AICN has a first look at the David Fincher-produced big screen computer animated adaptation of Eric Powell‘s Dark Horse comic book The Goon. The project was announced during Comic Con, and the animation is being produced by Blur Studios (the same company which is developing the Heavy Metal movie).

Created in 1999, The Goon, “tells the adventures of a muscle-bound brawler who claims to be the primary enforcer for a feared mobster. The Goon and his sidekick Franky often get tied up in other machinations, often in relation to the evil zombie gangs. There is a heavy slant on the paranormal.”

I’m still not really clear who is actually directing this movie. Is Fincher directing? Head on over to AICN to see the images in high resolution. I’m actually amazed at the quality, especially considering that Blur Studios has never done an animated feature before (for example, their biggest animated feature film credit involved creating the aniamted effects for the heaven and hell sequences of the South Park movie).

“Feed me, feed me comics,” booms Hollywood. According to TheGoon.com, /Film fave, David Fincher, has optioned movie rights for The Goon with plans to adapt the Dark Horse comic book into a CG animated film from Blur Studio. If this news sounds familiar, back in March it was announced that Fincher would team with Blur to produce and co-direct a new animated Heavy Metal anthology flick.

Created by Eric Powell in 1999, The Goon, “tells the adventures of a muscle-bound brawler who claims to be the primary enforcer for a feared mobster. The Goon and his sidekick Franky often get tied up in other machinations, often in relation to the evil zombie gangs. There is a heavy slant on the paranormal.” The crew at Slashfilm is new to this title. Quint at AICN gives the series a glowing endorsement, calling it a “Depresson-era Hellboy” but even more twisted. Chime in with your opinions of the material in the comments.

It wasn’t specified whether Fincher, who is expected to lock up the Oscars with December’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, would direct. One would assume not, but clearly his interest in genre fare is strong. He remains attached to direct a live-action adaptation of the STD-horror graphic novel Black Hole from screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. Farther back in Fincher’s fridge is Image Comics’ Torso.

Discuss: Fincher’s deep bench of cool movie material. Whatever, I’m not rephrasing that.

Update: /Film reader, Hessel, informs us that “Goon fights a giant chameleon, ’nuff said.” We’re sold.

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