Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Ready for this GOON fans? Eric Powell's comic book optioned... by someone really cool...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was turned onto Eric Powell's THE GOON early last year and have been keeping up with it regularly. It's a twisted and fucking hilarious series following a deformed hard case as he deals with the undead, Lovecraftian creatures and gypsy curses. Think a depression-era Hellboy with an even more twisted sense of humor. Now it looks like it has been optioned to be made into a CG animated feature by noneother than David Fincher. That is at once both amazing and scary. Amazing because Fincher is a perfect tie for this material, even if he only ends up producing it, and scary because Fincher seems to like to collect comic books and keep them in development for years and years (see TORSO). But I think if Fincher can bring in a smart, like-minded director and kind of Tim Burton/A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS The Goon... I think that's the best case scenario for us. That way we keep getting Fincher live-action films and we also get a real lovingly crafted Goon animated movie.

This could be awesome, guys. Now they just gotta keep Frankie's eyes pupil-free... Head over to Eric Powell's page to read the announcement by clicking the piece of art below!

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • July 2, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST



    That's all I got.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I'm Betting a Dollar Right Now


    This never happens. Based on my recent review of cool news from the AICN archives.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Fincher rocks

    by SpawnofAchilles

    so this too must rock

  • July 2, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    make torso already

    by bacci40

    christ almighty...whats the fuckin holdup???

  • July 2, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    CGI, huh? I dunno...

    by rev_skarekroe

    CGI is so slick looking, no matter how hard the try. The Goon should look more like a Bakshi cartoon. Not necessarily rotoscoped, but... I dunno... It's a tough one.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    oh I dunno

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    I think the style would lend itself really well to CGI...could be whole lot of fun me thinks!

  • July 2, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I like it-

    by dvdhound79

  • July 2, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I love the art

    by SpencerTrilby

    gotta give it a read, looks good.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    the goon huh?

    by Conans Sword

    am i the only person here whos never even heard of this thing before...that said the art looks nice

  • July 2, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah I gotta agree wtih Octagonproplex

    by MRJONZ72

  • July 2, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST



    I'm there with bells on - psst - I hate the Dallas Airport

  • July 2, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Is this one of the goonies going solo?

    by Gilkuliehe

    That could be Chunk. That would rock! Chunk growing up to be some tough MF fighting the undead and shit... How awesome could that be, huh? <p> Not awesome at all, I know. I'm sorry. Carry on.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Voice Cast...

    by The_Inside_Joke

    Dunno if it's just me but when I'm reading the comic I imagine Mickey Rourke's Marv voice for The Goon and Jason Alexander for Frankie.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for a return of Bob the Goon

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

    from the first Burton Batman movie.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by choptop

    The Goon is hands down one of the funniest comics out there right now. This could make for a really fun movie. I 2nd the idea of Mickey Rourke voicing the Goon.

  • July 2, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I just don't know

    by Deadlowtide

    as much as I love the Goon (it may be my all time favorite book on the shelves) I just can't see it working in anything but the comic form. The timing is everything.

  • July 2, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Voice Cast.-The_Inside_Joke

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    that wouldn't be bad...Ron Pearlman maybe?...I'm sure Mark Hammil could probably do something cool for Franki?

  • July 2, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    This is pretty cool

    by Charlie Murphy

    although I'm not real stoked about the CG bit, even though there's really no other way to do a Goon movie. As long as it's still an adult movie, not toned down for the kiddies, I'm on board.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I like the Jason Alexander suggestion

    by Charlie Murphy

    as long as he's not TOO over the top.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    RE : Pearlman for Goon

    by The_Inside_Joke

    I'd be very happy if Ron Pearlman did the voice of The Goon. And yeah, Mark Hamill could probably conjur up something unique for Frankie. Anyone think of any others?

  • July 2, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    You guys'll diss me, but...

    by Kid Z

    ...No one else can be cast as the Goon but Bruce Willis. F*cker even looks like the Goon.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    this might get me killed, but...

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    Michael Clarke Duncan, might be a good heavy sounding voice for him too.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Eh, bummer...

    by Kid Z

    ..."CG Animated" feature. Would've loved to see it live-action, but oh well...

  • July 2, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Wicked Nice.

    by toxicbuddha

    If Fincher ever gets the damn thing made it would be tits. Of course, it would be nice to see TORSO while I still have control of my bladder. I hate the way he hoards a project on some Smegal shit.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    hate to say it, but...

    by akiraclass

    Everyone here knows that it's 'peeling' and not 'pealing', right? Seeing it in something that supposedly had a writer AND an editor before it was actually printed and spelled wrong more than once begins to make me lose what hope I had left in our education system...

  • July 2, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Perlman is too recognizable as Hellboy...

    by wookie1972

    My first thought for The Goon is John DiMaggio (aka Bender), but again he would be too recognizable. For Franky it can only be Steve Buscemi, now that Burgess Meredith has passed on.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    re: "Potato pealing"

    by Ray Garraty #47


  • July 2, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Oh, and if a time machine were available...

    by wookie1972

    ...there would be only one man who could play The Goon, either animated or live action: Marion Robert Morrison (who also would have been the perfect Judge Dredd, but again I'm dreaming.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo...

    by wookie1972

    Yeah, but if Tom Cruise played James Bond, it would make people think of Mission Impossible. My point is that The Goon is so close to Hellboy (they even costarred in one comic) that it would just confuse people.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    ...should sound like Curly from the Three Stooges. The Goon should be someone who sounds kind of like Ron Perlman, but isn't. The Zombie Priest should be the mean old doctor from Scrubs whose name I can't remember.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    well, wait....

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    it wouldn't be Pearlman in makeup would just be his voice, right?...and I missing something?

  • July 2, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    The Zombie Priest was based on...

    by wookie1972

    George C Scott. The guy from Scrubs is a good choice, actually. But I still think that Powell was thinking of Burgess Meredith in Of Mice And Men when he drew Frankie.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    neil the sheep...

    by wookie1972

    You miss my point. Perlman is now known mostly as Hellboy. (he does the voice in the cartoon too). It would be far too distracting, like Christian Bale playing Superman. Maybe Patrick Warburton?

  • July 2, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Neil_the_Sheep

    yeah..I hear ya. Patrick Warburton would be cool...I really like him...but he's kinda of that guy you always recognize...which might have the same effect as Perlman, yes?

  • July 2, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    but other than the Tick, Warburton isn't associated with a comic

    by wookie1972

    ... whereas Perlman IS Hellboy. If Hellboy hadn't been a hit, or was released awhile ago, it would have been different. I'd say the same about Michael Chiklis (after all, The Goon is very similar to Ben Grimm).

  • July 2, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Actually, Michael Clarke Duncan isn't a bad idea...

    by wookie1972

    ...he has a good deep voice that doesn't just sound, well, black.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by Neil_the_Sheep

    to say Warburton is associated with the Tick is a stretch...nobody saw that show, lol, which is too bad, it was hilarious (one of my fav DVD's). I will say that I suck at casting calls...everytime I think someone is perfect/wrong for a roll...I seem to proven wrong..haha

  • July 2, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Eric Powell is an ass

    by Sithdan

    Eric Powell, the creator of the Goon comic, lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, which is about 35 miles away from where I live in Nashville. He was recently scheduled to appear for an autograph session at a local library. After fans gathered there and waited patiently for two hours, a library employee appeared and said Powell was a no-show. A few days later Powell allegedly apologized for standing his fans up and re-scheduled his comic book signing for another date. Guess what? Once again, he stood up the 50 fans or so who waited several long hours to meet their little hero. To say they were disappointed would be an understatement. They were livid. A large contingent of the crowd traveled more than 100 miles to be there. I’m no Goon fan. I was there as a reporter to cover his book signing for the lifestyles section of the paper. When that SOB stood me up twice, I swore never to again cover another book signing. I had more important things to do anyway rather than waste my time in some library, taking pictures of some nobody who draws funny papers.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    The Goon is too recognizable as Hellboy

    by IAmLegolas

    anyway, I throw Vin Diesel's name into the ring.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Is he doing this before or after HEAVY METAL?

    by Mike_D

    just curious

  • July 2, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I Still Bet My Dollar


    This Goes the Way of the big movies of 1999 according to AICN: The Hobbit, Superman Lives, and Starblazers. Shaping up to be a hell of a year, 1999.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe We'll Be Seeing Goon in 2018 . . .


    That I might believe.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    CG Animation??

    by Five Dollar Gold Indian

    I'd rather see some real animation, not all this slick computer generated garbage. When will it end?

  • July 2, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I hear John Cusack's a dick

    by rev_skarekroe

    So I assume if he pisses you off you'll never cover movies in the Savvy Shopper again?

  • July 2, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Clumzor

    This could look amazing in CG if it's how I imagine it'll look. I'm just hoping it has plenty of Dr. Alloy.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Dr. Alloy!

    by rev_skarekroe

    He should have the same conceited voice as Inignok from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Don't know

    by Sithdan

    I've never met John Cusack.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I don't get

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    all of this "that guy is a dick" talk. If you piss off Russell Crowe, you're gonna end up with a Telephone down your throat, but his movies are good. I don't wanna be friends with these people...I want good entertainment...that's all.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Neil the sheep, again, that was my point...

    by wookie1972

    Warburton isn't nearly as associated with The Tick as Perlman is with Hellboy, which will only increase if Golden Army is a hit, which certainly looks like a possibility. Besides, if they were smart they would have a Hellboy cameo like they did in The Goon comic. Vin Diesel would actually not be bad either.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    the point is that just because Powell stood you up, you're saying screw you to all other book signings? Seems extremely petty.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane has to voice Goon

    by Kraken

  • July 2, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Ian Mcshane would be good too.

    by wookie1972

    Maybe Stephen Colbert as Dr. Alloy?

  • July 2, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    "David Fincher and CGI adaptations do NOT mix. Who else remembers the Rendezvous with Rama hype fiasco a few years ago that went NOwhere." You're critisizing a non existent movie? One of the reasons Rama isn't getting off the ground is that it's still too expensive to do it Fincher's way. The studio isn't willing to pony up $150,000,000+ unless they jazz the story up in the worst way possible. Now if Benjamin Button makes a shedload of cash that might change. Anyway, I don't think Fincher options graphic fiction because he's immediately planning on filming it. He likely only optioned Black Hole to keep Alex Aja away from it.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Nathan Lane would make a good Doc Alloy

    by Kraken

    He has animated character voice over experience as well.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' Ian McShane

    by Al Swearengen

    Now that's a handsome fuckin' cocksucker. If I do say so myself.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Neil_the_Sheep

    I think you're right...I don't want it to seem like I'm arguing...I enjoy a a civil talkback

  • July 2, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    no problem neil the sheep

    by wookie1972

    neither of us have degenerated into swearing or calling each other's names, so let's keep it up.

  • July 2, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    You guys think Perlman's an ass?

    by krushjudgement

    Wait'll you meet Mr. Powell.

  • July 2, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Tom Waits?

    by wookie1972

    I'm just throwing names out here. Doubt he'd ever do it.

  • July 2, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    tom waits...

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    ...was in mystery I wouldn't count him out...haha. Jack Black as Frankie maybe?

  • July 2, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    im still stuck on Buscemi

    by wookie1972

    ..for Frankie. I don't know, I just saw it the first time I read it.

  • July 2, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Knife in the eye!!!

    by TodBrowning

    Great news.I see Michael Rooker when i look at the Goon? I still aint read the chinatown book,need to get that bugger soon as i heard its the best Goon story yet.

  • July 2, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by The_Inside_Joke

    TodBrowning - Chinatown's an absolute belter! It's a lot more serious than the previous books and answers some questions regarding Goon's past. If you've got the money then go get it as soon as you can. If you ain't got the money then I would never, ever recommend that you use a bit torrent service to download it and then buy it later. No sir, I would never recommend that.

  • July 2, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by TodBrowning

    I have mysteriously returned home sometimes to find that someone hijacked my computer to download comics.When i get my hands on them!!!Concerning The Goon i told myself *ahem* i mean i left a note for the mysterious downloader to tell them not to touch Eric Powells work as some titles are just worth owning and reading in the proper format. Trust me the temptation is always there,its a monkey on my back the size of King Kong.

  • July 2, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by The_Inside_Joke

    I get the same problem. I'd blame my kids if I had any. Why, just minutes ago issue 50 of The Walking Dead 'appeared' on my hard drive, (bloody good it was too). Now there's something I don't ever want t.v or film to touch.

  • July 2, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Fireproof...mutiple origin theories for jeep

    by bacci40

    with one including popeye...and good comes from the word "gooney", but it was popularized by thimble theater

  • July 2, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    What's all this about the Goonies?

    by kolchak

    Will Cyndi Lauper be involved again?

  • July 2, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    fincher licks ballsack <P> goon sucks donkey diarrhea

  • July 2, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by The_Inside_Joke

    Get back under your bridge ya warty bitch! We's civilized folk in here!

  • July 2, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I agree, Perlman as The Goon!

    by JustinSane

    Reading the first issue of The Goon I thought "Too bad Perlman played Hellboy, because he'd be a perfect Goon." But you know what? Fuck it, the man can play two different comic characters - who cares? I also agree on Buscemi as Frankie. Them's my picks, and I'm stickin' to 'em.

  • July 2, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    CG animated :(

    by moonlightdrive

    Would prefer live action.

  • July 2, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it

    by Latauro

    Am I the only one who thought the title of this suggested news on the Peter Sellers/Spike Milligan/Harry Secombe radio show? On the other hand, I don't want anyone screwing that up, so perhaps this is best.

  • July 2, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by timothyarcher

    I agree with previous comments. It is a little known fact that an apocryphal papyrus of the Book of Revelation described misspelling of kitchen activities as the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. This movie will bring destruction on us all. Pray for Fincher to leave this one in development hell, for the sake of us, our children, and our children's children, and their pets.

  • July 2, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    about time

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ive stated repeatedly in here that "the goon" would make a good comic to film project - most recently in the "jonah hex/tom jane" thread - i called it, been calling it - now its happening - i hope they dont fuck this up - the goon is one of the best comics out now - pearlman would be great as the voice of the goon, but he is already too recognized as hb - even in the animated hb movies

  • July 3, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Brad Garrett

    by Bootskin

    He was the really tall brother on Everybody Loves Raymond. His deep baritone voice would be great for the Goon.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    If this doesn't happen in 3 years, it's dead

    by TallBoy66

    You KNOW it to be true!

  • July 3, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    With Sincerity!! Some geniuses in the TB Tonight!!

    by Redbox

    One said Jason Alexander as Frankie (The_Inside_Joke) and another said Stephen Colbert as Dr. Alloy (wookie1972) Get these guys on the production team!! Excellent casting!!! <br><br>For the Goon, some of you are casting visually for a CG movie. Just cause a guy might look the part, doesn't mean the voice acting will be the best. (Tim Curry as The Joker in BTAS?) Throw it to Mark Hamil, that dude is a hell of a voice actor... I love The Goon!!

  • July 3, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Who's playing Harry Secombe?

    by LockesLOSTkidney

    He was the greatest, unsung Goon. Ironic, cos he had a wonderful, rich timbre to his sonorous tenor voice. All this excitement about Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers..and did any of THEM host Songs of Praise? No. Didn't think so. <p> <p> Don't remember them ever hanging out with the undead, mind. But it MUST be the same Goons. I mean, HOW MANY GOONS CAN THERE BEEEEEEEEE???!!???!!??!!

  • July 3, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Gus Van Rant

    by krushjudgement

    I agree, I love Ron Perlman. I was just poking fun at another thread where people went off way too long on the Perlster. Seriously though, this Goon creator is know for being a dick. He has a great comic though.

  • July 3, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    FuckMichaelBay / Redbox

    by The_Inside_Joke

    ... is that an Arrested Development reference? If you're trying to suggest that Will Arnett should be involved in this project then I'm in complete agreement. Dunno who he could play though, don't think he's right for The Goon but they should definitely get him in there somewhere. And, cheers for the kind words Redbox. Jason Alexander is the voice I hear when I'm reading it, imagine him saying 'Knife to the eye!' in full-on George mode. Although I agree that Steve Buscemi could be a good fit.

  • July 3, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Good chuckles!

    by sugarbess

    You are a great success. I am such a big fan of you since last year. Wish everything goes well for you, Eric. Can you do me one favor? just tell me is it you on I love that photo you without... there.

  • July 3, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Spartacus Hughs

    Or Thomas Haden Church

  • July 3, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    I love THE GOON. Only, I'm not sold on the whole CG thing. Why can't they do it live action. I wouldn't even mind a SIN CITY, 300, THE SPIRIT style take on it. But you can do this live action. Del Toro, Peter Jackson or even Terry Gilliam could do justice to this. Someone with sick, twisted sense of humor but with a good eye for camera and style. CGI still isn't right yet. It's fine for cartoony things like SHREK and WALL-E, but for live action stuff ... like BEOWULF ... everything still looks too rubbery and 2 dimentional. Give Goon something real to pummel. And who wants to CGI zombies. Not me. I want to see ooze and rot dripping from open soars and exposed bone. It's not as effective when it's done through a computer.

  • July 3, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    No Bluebottle?

    by Napoleon Park

    Four words into the headline and I was hoping this was about The Goon Show,<p>Oh well, another comic book movie is good too, I suppose...

  • July 3, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Paul Dano as The Goon

    by Spandau Belly

    and Jessica Alba as Frankie.

  • July 3, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Do it in 2D.

    by Knuckleduster

    Only way to do this cool book justice.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by isispop

    I love this book/Powell's art. About time for long as it doesn't get homogenized into somethin it's not (for kids). I have a feeling that won't happen though. It's just too twisted all the way down to it's core. My pick for the Goon's voice: Vin Diesel. Anyone mentioned him yet?

  • July 3, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name


  • July 3, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by The_Inside_Joke

    Y'know what? I just can't get angry at someone who employs such marvelous use of an apostrophe. Hat's off to you sir!

  • July 4, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Sir Spike Milligan

    by emeraldboy

    created the Goons....