David Fincher has been talking about adapting Eric Powell’s camp-filled, zombie-noir comic book, The Goon, since at least 2008. We’d get occasional news on the animated feature, but after a time the project appeared dead. Much like the slack-jaws that roam Powell’s panels, however, this particular dead thing keeps moving and twitching and flopping around, refusing to completely die. Now Fincher and the folks at Blur Studio are turning to Kickstarter in hopes of financing The Goon.
Check out their funding video.
If you’re not familiar with The Goon, you should be. Straight up, it’s one of the best comics out there in recent memory. I’m not he only one who thinks so, Powell’s funnybook won an Eisner Award. A manic stew of horror, noir, and slapstick, where else are you going to find zombies, flesh-eating hobos, giant mechanical monsters, mad scientists, and a crime boss that is more Robin Hood than Al Capone? Throw in a diminutive, foul-mouthed sidekick, a zombie priest, and Peaches Valentine (this is better left for you to discover on your own), and you have the makings of a damn fine time.
Amidst all of the bloodshed, mayhem, and general chaos, Powell manages to insert a shocking emotional center. It sneaks up on you. One moment you’re reading about a many-tentacled creature devouring a car, the next you’re invested in these characters and their stories. A beautiful sadness, a sense of desperation, and authentic humanity infuses the stories. Not bad for a comic that prominently features a poo-flinging simpleton.
io9 sat down with Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler, the directors of Blur Studio, and got some dirt on the project. They talk about the reactions the team got pitching this to the studios. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall, just to see their faces. Here’s what Miller says the Kickstarter money will go to fund:
A story reel for the whole film, and if we got a little more money we could make an animatic that had a little more scope to it. The goal is, you go to the studio and say, ‘Here’s what the project is,’ and they judge it on a few factors that aren’t really representative of what the film is. If we can show them something that represents the entire film, they can hear the jokes, they can see the situations, they can really understand the world in two hours. We’re hoping that will make a difference for them. They go through so many projects they don’t really have the time to dig in and find the true worth. Hopefully we can show them that in the story reel.
My only hesitation with this whole shebang is that the film is intended to be PG-13. The Goon is raunchy, profane, and ultraviolent. But hell, I’d rather see a slightly reigned-in version of The Goon than 95% of the nonsense you find in theaters, and if Powell is on board and involved, you can bank on it staying true to the source.
Here’s a concept teaser that the team showed at Comic-Con 2010. It features Clancy “The Kurgan” Brown as the voice of the Goon, and Paul Giamatti as his best buddy, Franky. One of the best things Miller and Fowler say is that both Brown and Giamatti are not only on board with revisiting these roles, but absolutely pumped about it. That’s great because the voices are perfect, exactly how I envision them to sound when reading the books.
Below that there are some stills and concept art.