It's been a while since we heard anything regarding the movie adaptation of Robert Powell's cult comic book, The Goon. In fact, last time we wrote about the movie was all the way back in March when we got to see some concept art and the first official poster. Given the enthusiastic reaction to that first look, we were beginning to wonder why there was so much radio silence on the project. Now, thanks to Comic Book Resources, we have the answer.
According to Goon creator, Eric Powell, there has actually been a fair bit of progress on the movie. Not only is the script for the film is complete, but CG animation house Blur Studios has begun producing a variety of test material. At this point, the only holdup is producer David Fincher, who has to complete filming on his own movie before he can turn to Goon in earnest.
According to Powell:
"I just finished writing the script a few months back, and Blur is working on a lot of test stuff. Fincher is working on a film right now, so we're waiting for him to get some space so we can start showing some of this stuff off. I'm pretty happy with everything so far. We've just got to work to get to the next point. This is a slow, long process."
Given Fincher's importance to the production, is it a possibility that he will not only be producing Goon, but directing it as well? Powell didn't confirm or deny Fincher's role, but he did say that, "David's going to be heavily involved. I've worked with him and Blur quite a bit to get the screenplay together, and it's been a great experience so far."
Although I am somewhat unfamiliar with the source material for this film, the project sounds very interesting to me. Combining zombies and tough guys in a dark noir-inspired comedy, The Goon represents the kind of inventive comic book writing that I really admire. Powell's obvious passion for his work is another strong positive. Just listen to him talk about how important it is for him to be involved in the film.
"Some guys are like, 'Just give me the check and you do what you want with it.' But I've worked so long on 'The Goon' and I'm not creating a new book every month. I'm kind of using the Mike Mignola/Jeff Smith approach where you get your book out there and maintain it. I've got a lot invested in this on character, so I wanted to be involved. And they were eager to have me involved, so it worked out very well."
Hopefully David Fincher can return to this project soon, because I'm excited to see some actual footage. What do you think? Does The Goon sound interesting to you?
Source: Comic Book Resources via Bloody-Disgusting