Almost eight years ago director David Fincher optioned the movie rights to Eric Powell‘s Dark Horse comic book series The Goon, which started back in 1999. Over the years, Blur’s animated project has struggled to acquire financing. Back in 2013, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Powell said the comic book adaptation was still moving forward. The few hundred ground went towards paying for a feature-length story reel, which was meant to attract financiers. Since then, we’ve heard very little.
The Goon has been in development long enough that some may have forgotten that Deadpool director, Tim Miller, is co-directing the film. Well, Miller finally has an update on The Goon development.
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It’s a long-standing practice in comic book publishing: create stories that leap off from or are related to popular movies. Dark Horse Comics all but relied on runs of Aliens comics to keep the publisher going in early years; even Marvel scored with the Star Wars comic series in the late ’70s and early ’80s, just to name a couple obvious examples.
And so seeing that Boom! Studios may be doing some sort of Big Trouble in Little China comic book, even with the involvement of Goon creator Eric Powell, may not be a huge deal. Great for the hardcore fans and those who like Powell’s work (which should be everyone, really, because he’s quite good) but maybe not such a big deal for an audience that just wants films.
Thing is, Boom! Studios has a really interesting deal with Fox that makes us wonder about the potential for this title.
Update: More details have been revealed. The comic will be a direct sequel to the film, with the participation of director John Carpenter. More info follows the poster image pasted below.
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Before Veronica Mars could try to kickstart anything, David Fincher and Goon comic book creator, writer/artist Eric Powell, used the service to raise money to take a step or two forward with a proposed CG animated version of Powell’s comic. Goon has struggled forward as a project for a few years, with early test footage appearing at Comic Con years back, and Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti long attached to voice major characters.
They’re still attached, said Powell when asked recently about the status of the project. “Everyone who was originally attached is still attached,” he said.
The Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a rough early version of the full feature was a success, and now Fincher, Powell, and Blur Studios are working to make the next stage of Goon‘s big-screen evolution a reality. Check out footage of Powell talking about the movie below. Read More »
For the past few years we’ve watched as producer David Fincher, cartoonist Eric Powell, and Blur Animation Studio have worked to make an animated feature film based on Powell’s comic The Goon. The comic is a foul, funny, zombie ass-kickin’ thing that is worth a read, and deserves a place up on the silver screen a hell of a lot more than another damned Ice Age movie.
So Fincher and Blur have gone to Kickstarter to raise a few hundred grand to pay for the next stage(s) of development. That would be a featfure-length story reel to show people how the film will play.
Begging for money isn’t easy, but Fincher and Blur make it look like fun, at least. They’ve got a great pitch reel that will help kill off any image you have of Fincher as a dour guy, and it also has some new Goon animation featuring the voice of Paul Giamatti (still attached! as is Clancy Brown, to voice the Goon) as glib motormouth Franky. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Earlier this week, we reported on the apparent demise of the David Fincher-produced adaptation of Eric Powell‘s The Goon after star Paul Giamatti commented that the picture had run out of money. However, it now seems we were a bit too quick to give up on the long-gestating project. Powell has taken to his blog to address the issue, writing that “THE GOON FILM IS STILL ON THE TABLE,” and Giamatti and Fincher have since weighed in as well.
Long story short, the film’s still got a great many steps to go before it hits theaters — but it’s still very much clinging onto life. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s a sad day for comic book fans, as we get updates that suggest two long-gestating adaptations, David Fincher‘s The Goon and Rawson Thurber‘s Elfquest, are no longer happening. Sure, they could get revived somewhere down the line — crazier things have happened — but if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Hit the jump for updates.
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Good things come to those who wait; sometimes we just have to wait a very long time. Fans of Eric Powell‘s supernatural head-busting comic series The Goon may recall my enthusiasm for the Comic Con panel held for the comic in 2009. That panel was where we learned that Powell was still working with David Fincher to make an animated film based on the comic, and that Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti had agreed to voice the two main characters, the Goon and Franky.
A short test clip was shown in ’09, and it didn’t end up online until now. It’s a fun piece of animation; check it out below. Read More »
Last year’s panel for The Goon, Eric Powell‘s odd comic book series about two friends who (to grossly over-simplify) live in a city infested by a plague of zombies, was unbridled insanity. This year’s panel was a lot more restrained, despite the presence of returning moderator Ben Garant.
This year it was all about the movie that is in development based on The Goon, so things were a little more restrained. Producer David Fincher was in the house, and while the panel wasn’t all business (by a long shot) it definitely focused more on what the movie might be and how it could get made than anything else. Read More »
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…aaand we’re back with more (sorta) David Fincher news. But if you’re one of the many people irritated at the whole idea of Fincher remaking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you might be able to get behind this one. Here’s some of the first footage for The Goon, the CGI animated adaptation of Eric Powell‘s comic book series. You won’t see Fincher’s involvement (he’s producing) but you will hear Paul Giamatti as the voice of Frankie. (That’s the skinny chap in the a-shirt.) This is a preview of the stuff that will be shown at Comic Con in a few days, but for now it’s the only up to date Goon animation online. Read More »
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 »