Elfquest Movie Dead, “The Goon” Dying?

The long-gestating adaptation of the cult comic “Elfquest”, which has been in development at Warners for four years, looks to have been dumped.

Rawson Marshall Thurber was previously attached to direct the story of a tribe of elves trying to find others of their kind while avoiding humans and trolls. Comic co-creator Wendy Pini gave the following statement on the title’s Facebook page:

“After close to four years of suspense – and longer than four years of your much-appreciated interest and support – the word has come down from Warner Bros. And the word is “no.” Their simple explanation is that they don’t want to compete with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This was a possibility, among several, that we were prepared for. It is a relief, at last, to know.”

Meanwhile another project that began life back in 2008, a CG animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s “The Goon” comic which David Fincher optioned, looks like it might have died on the vine.

Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown voiced the characters of Franky and The Goon in a test footage reel in 2010. IFC spoke with Giamatti at Sundance this week and asked him how the film was progressing.

“I have no idea what the hell happened. I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money” he says. This matches comments from Fincher last year who suggested getting a project like this financed was extremely difficult.