Eric Powell’s Eisner Award-winning comic series “The Goon” — about an orphaned bruiser and his sidekick who fight zombies, cannibals, robots and other demonic creatures — might be getting the big-screen treatment if David Fincher gets his way.
The “Fight Club” director is teaming up with Dark Horse Entertainment and Blur Studio, launching a Kickstarter campaign this morning to get the ball rolling for a film adaptation of “The Goon.” The campaign aims to raise $400,000 to make a full-length story reel — basically storyboards with voice-over that serve as a blueprint for the film.
Two years ago, Fincher and Tim Miller of Blur Studio (a Venice-based animation and production studio) optioned “The Goon,” developed a feature film script written by Powell and released a concept trailer (above) for a full-length animated film. Though the clip was well-received at Comic-Con International in 2010, major Hollywood studios have been hesitant to take on a PG-13 animated film about mobsters, zombies and giant fish-men.
“The Goon” comic, which debuted in 1998 and was picked up by Dark Horse in 2003, is about a hulking orphan raised by his aunt, a strong-woman for a carnival. When a gangster named Labrazio guns down the aunt, the Goon kills the gangster and takes over his operation.
The story reel will feature the voice talents of Clancy Brown (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) as the Goon and Paul Giamatti as his loud-mouthed sidekick Franky. Slated to direct are Jeff Fowler, who directed the Oscar-nominated short “Gopher Broke,” and Miller, who directed the opening sequence of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and who is on board to direct “Deadpool.”
Fincher, who will executive produce, credits Miller with introducing him to “The Goon.”
“[Miller] snapped me out of my Goonless existence when I was looking for material to possibly make into an animated feature, and he suggested I peruse a copy he had (suspiciously) nearby,” Fincher wrote on the Kickstarter campaign site. “Of course I marveled at the characters and was smitten with the mise-en-scene, but it was the language — that uncategorizable: Dead End Kids Meets Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummies — that unlikely Powellian patois that absolutely hooked me.”
The Kickstarter campaign offers all sorts of “Goon”-related goodies for donors, ranging from access to the production blog (for $25 donations) to a T-shirt ($75) to a private screening and lunch with the filmmakers ($10,000). If the campaign is a success — and at more than $30,000 raised as of noon Friday, it’s looking like it might be — the story reel is expected out by late 2013.
– Noelene Clark
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