Years ago, filmmaker David Fincher optioned the film rights to Eric Powell’s Dark Horse comic book series “The Goon” with plans to turn it into an animated feature he would produce. Since then though the project has struggled to come together, mostly due to issues with financing.
Things seemed to pick up steam with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 which went towards a feature-length story reel assembly meant to attract investors. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller has long been attached as co-director alongside Jeff Fowler and gave an update on its progress whilst speaking with Collider. Turns out in the wake of the success of “Deadpool”, the project is gaining traction:
“If Deadpool shined any light in the direction of the studio, we wanna use some of that light to shine it on Goon. So we’ve been doing a lot of work lately, we did some voiceover last week I do think that there is a corollary. Deadpool proves it, in a big way, that there is a market for this stuff out there… Goon has a lot of heart, it’s got a lot of comedy, it’s got a lot of similarities to what I think was successful in Deadpool, and so I think it’s not a stretch to compare those two things and say the world is a little more ready than they used to be for this kind of material. In the past, there’s reasons why The Goon wasn’t made, it’s because people were afraid of edgy animation. Now I think that Deadpool has proved that that audience is out there in a bigger way than some people thought.”
Miller then went on to talk about the experience of pitching the project to studios with co-director Jeff Fowler and the rest of the team over the years:
“Before we did our Kickstarter, we did a whole round with the studios, so we went down, Jeff and me, sometimes Fincher, sometimes Josh Donnen, and we went to all the studios and did our pitch for The Goon. We had a really beautiful pitch, we had a test piece, we had our book, we had all this stuff and at that time it was a $50 million project and we couldn’t get anybody to bite. Everybody loved it, but nobody would do it.
So we went back and reworked the price a little bit and decided we were gonna take it out again, and right before we did that this demand to do a Kickstarter came up and then we said, ‘Okay f–k it, we’ll wait, we’ll do the Kickstarter, and then we can literally show executives the whole film. Here’s the film, you don’t have to listen to me tell you what it’s going to be, you can see what it’s going to be.’ And that’s what we did.”
Miller and Fowler re-recorded some voice-over work last week for the 85-minute-long animatic that the Kickstarter campaign funded. Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti are also involved, lending their voices to the project.