If you didn’t know, The Goon is a long-running comic series by Eric Powell that focuses on the titular Goon. He’s a rough, tough, thug with a sort-of heart of gold. He fights all sorts of supernatural creatures and the unique art style combined with the off the wall storytelling set it apart in the world of comics. An adaptation of this comic has gone into development.
An adaptation of the comic series was actually in development about 10 years ago. An animated movie was being produced by David Fincher and test footage was even created to show off the potential film. The animation itself was handled by Blur Studio. If the studio name doesn’t sound familiar I can help with that. They are the ones who produced the Deadpool concept trailer for the excellent Deadpool movie. The project never made it past pre-production, but a Kickstarter campaign was started in an attempt to get the movie off the ground. Blur Studios announced yesterday through The Goon Kickstarter that they had finally made some progress.
“As loyal fans, we wanted you folks to be the first to know… THE GOON feature is officially in development at 20th Century Fox! And we owe a huge debt of thanks to you, our backers, for keeping the faith during this long journey. You helped us keep the dream alive. Without you, we couldn’t have gotten this far.
With your generous contributions, we were able to finish a full storyboard animatic of the film, complete with amazing voice acting, sound design, and music. This template for the film sold the producers and studio on the potential of THE GOON and we’re beginning a new round of development.
So, what exactly does “development” mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that we’re making the movie next week — the proverbial Hollywood “green-light” always happens in phases — but it does mean we’ve got fresh wind in our sails, the resources of a studio and some “heavy-hitter” producers behind us. It’s the next, necessary step along the path to making the film.
Which producers you may ask? It’s The Chernin Group and they’ve brought us movies such as the PLANET OF THE APES franchise, RED SPARROW and OBLIVION. They love the project and we’re all excited about this next phase and continues the collaboration with the fabulous Eric Powell, David Fincher, and all the folks at Blur Studio.
Thank you all again. More updates coming as they happen!
YOUR FRIENDS AT THE GOON KICKSTARTER.”
This is obviously great news for any fan of the comic. If you’ve seen the test footage that Blur studios put together then you know the darkly comic tone that the movie will likely aim for. I hope that they can get Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti back for this as well. They perfectly nailed these characters and I can’t picture anyone else in these roles. If they can maintain the dark humor and energy of the test trailer then the movie should get close to capturing what makes the comic special.