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Quint talks with THE GOON creator Eric Powell about the upcoming animated feature, David Fincher, Paul Giamatti and much more!!!

Published at: Aug. 23, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an interview with THE GOON creator Eric Powell regarding the current status of The Goon animated feature. We know that David Fincher is producing and Eric Powell wrote the script. We know Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown are starring as Frankie and Goon, respectively, and now we know Blur Studio’s Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler are co-directing with Fincher mentoring the two. Below you’ll learn their game plan for getting this flick off the ground and get a little insight on how they’ve shaped up this package so far. These guys are the real deal, the footage is great, the material is perfect for this kind of screen adaptation… now it’s just up to some studio stepping up to the plate. I don’t see how they could turn down a package like this, but that’s just me. First up is the test footage they’ve compiled to show off the world and look of the film, then the interview! Enjoy!



Quint: I caught the tail end of your Comic-Con panel and saw the footage. Really dug it, man. And it seemed like the room really took to it as well.

Eric Powell: Yeah, I was very pleased with the response it got. It made me have a little bit of confidence in what we were doing, so hopefully they will translate and hopefully within a month or so we will get a studio attached.

Quint: Have you guys begun that process yet?

Eric Powell: They are. From what I know right now, Dark Horse Entertainment, Fincher, and Blur are setting up meetings right now and they are getting ready to make our big push to try to get some backing for this thing. The clip is part of our presentation, to show these guys what we are intending rather than just handing them the comics and going “Yeah, we want to make a movie out of this.” We are kind of holding their hand through it going “Okay, this is exactly what we want to do and you don’t have to use your imagination, you can see what we are going to do with it.”

Quint: Let’s go back to the beginning of this. So, you have Blur Animation Studios attached and you’ve got David Fincher producing the movie, so then you went out to cast and you got Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown as the two leads, Frankie and The Goon, yeah?

Eric Powell: Yeah.

Quint: So, when they came into record, they just recorded the stuff for the teaser, right? Or did they record their whole parts?

Eric Powell: No, it was just a test session. Everyone involved with this at this point is just donating their time because we are all so passionate about seeing this thing get made. So, those guys came in and donated some time just to record this test stuff. We did a lot of different stuff. There were several different things that I had written just to have them go through, so the Blur guys would have enough to work with and one of the things that they recorded was this little vignette that we showed off at Comic-Con.

Quint: Were you there when they were doing all of their voice work?

Eric Powell: Yeah, I was there and one of the guys from Blur was giving me a little shit because he said that I had this huge grin that was plastered on my face when I heard Paul Giamatti says “Knife to be eye!” So that was the moment I was geeking out a little bit.

Quint: I can imagine. I was geeking out and I had nothing to do with it, other than being a fan of the books. (laughs) It was perfect and Clancy Brown sounded great, too. I know there were a lot of people that were pulling for Ron Perlman or somebody like that, but Clancy Brown is so great and so underutilized. As The Goon he seemed like he had the perfect gravel to his voice, just as much as Giamatti seemed to really get Frankie.

Eric Powell: Exactly, yeah. It was really interesting just having them come in and they both immediately just nailed it right off the bat. There was no real “This character is like this…” We showed them a little bit of stuff from the comics and some of the tests that Blur had been doing, where they pulled some of their lines from other films, like we pulled some lines from SHAWSHANK and animated a Goon head with Clancy and then we pulled some lines from CINDERELLA MAN and animated a Frankie head. It was actually really funny hearing some of those lines coming out of Frankie’s mouth. We just kind of showed them that stuff. They both came in there to record their voices, they didn’t really need any direction or anything. They just went right into it and automatically had the characters nailed. It was really interesting to watch them.

Quint: So how did you guys get those two attached? Was it due in part to Fincher being involved?

Eric Powell: I would like to say that it was just the strength of the source material, but I kind of doubt it. (laughs) I think Fincher’s involvement helped quite a bit.

Quint: But they have to still like it when they get it.

Eric Powell: They had to have still liked it. We sent them some books and stuff, because I know that they weren’t aware of the comic beforehand, but I think they got it, they understood the world and had a whole lot of fun playing around with the voices. The cool thing was that they were in there together, so they got to play off of each other, which from what I hear doesn’t usually happen.

Quint: Yeah, usually it’s…

Eric Powell: …just one person in a booth.

Quint: Yeah. I think you guys are in a really interesting spot because THE GOON is in that perfect sweet spot where it could still be discovered by a whole bunch of moviegoers as a property, but it also has such hardcore and big fan base to it. It’s on that cusp of it… It’s not underground, but it’s not exactly mainstream yet.

Eric Powell: I think so. I think it’s in the same spot as HELLBOY was a few years ago, because HELLBOY was a comic that everyone in the industry, other comic book artists, loved because it was kind of like a comic book for comic book artists. It was different and atmospheric and Mike [Mignola] had this unique, abstract art style, but the mainstream comic book readers weren’t really into it. Then, when the film came out, it’s a whole different story now. Hellboy is definitely, as far as comic book readers go, it’s a household name.

Quint: Yeah.

Eric Powell: I think THE GOON is in that same kind of position where it’s underground, but it’s not. I find it weird myself. In the industry, I’m in this weird position where it’s kind of like I don’t feel like I fit in with the superhero comics and stuff like that, but at the same time I’m not really small press or an independent, so I’m in this weird thing and (Laughs) I think I’m actually really jazzed about the movie coming out and it kind of being an underground comic because some of the stuff I’ve done in the comic will be fresh to the movie audience. That’s exciting to me, that I will be able to present this material in a different format and some of the surprises or something that happen in the comic, I will be able to get people again. It won’t just be a rehashing to someone who already knows the material.

Quint: Did you see the Mr. Show movie, RUN RONNIE RUN?

Eric Powell: Yes.

Quint: I think it’s a really funny movie, but I know a lot of people that love the show going “That’s just rehashing four skits that I’ve already seen done before,” so the fans that went to it immediately wanted something new, but familiar, but you also have to be able to bring in the new crowd. That’s a precarious balance.

Eric Powell: And when I was writing the script I tried to keep that in mind. There are moments in there that are from the comic, but I also tried to tweak them a little bit or present them in a different way where it’s like “Oh, that’s from the comic,” but it will come at you as more of a surprise rather than just like it’s being spelled out. It’s not going to be the MONTY PYTHON thing where there’s people in the audience just saying the lines verbatim you know?

Quint: So, what is the story? What’s the over all story? What’s the journey? Is it an origin thing?

Eric Powell: I had a meeting with Fincher to discuss the plot and everything and he’s been really great about helping me out with that, so it’s Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler from Blur, we have all been discussing it quite a bit. Because THE GOON is so episodic we couldn’t really do a linear SIN CITY-style adaptation where you are just going panel for panel and telling the story, so we took the juiciest bits and kind of squashed it together and made one coherent story out of it that I think works. I don’t think I will be giving too much away by saying that you will see Goon and Frankie meet, because I don’t think we could start out the movie just by plopping them down on screen and going like “Here’s these two guys.”

Quint: (laughs) Yeah. I missed the beginning of the panel, so I don’t know if this has been addressed, but I’ve been asked by people ever since we premiered that first still from the test footage “Who is directing?”

Eric Powell: Actually Tim and Jeff from Blur are directing.

Quint: Oh, that’s really cool.

Eric Powell: I believe and you might have to double-check this, but I believe that Jeff did an Academy Award nominated short film called GOPHER BROKE. I believe he’s responsible for that, so I mean it’s in good hands. They might not be known as household name directors or whatever, but they are definitely great directors and are working hand in hand with Fincher, so I have the utmost confidence in these guys. I think the short alone should put confidence in people that these guys are the right guys to do it.

Quint: Absolutely. I love that slow motion shot of Frankie blasting away as the Goon is driving through all of the zombies.

Eric Powell: Definitely.

Quint: It’s very dynamic and obviously Fincher wouldn’t suffer fools, I would imagine.

Eric Powell: No, no he wouldn’t. (laughs)

Quint: Cool, so the big plan is sometime this month or next month to get studio involvement? To what degree? How big of a budget are you guys looking for?

Eric Powell: I think they are shooting for like a 50 or 60 million dollar budget, which again I don’t know these things, but it just seems like that’s a fairly reasonable budget for an animated film. They are setting up the meetings as we speak, so hopefully in a month or so I will be very happy.

Quint: At that budget, do you think that’s the sweet spot where you can still have the freedom to make the Goon as quirky and crazy and kind of harsh as the book goes?

Eric Powell: Yeah. I think that’s the plan. There’s definitely violence in THE GOON, but I think we are going for a PG-13. I mean, THE GOON is harsh, I will say that, but I watch SOUTH PARK and it’s way more edgy than THE GOON is, you know? I really don’t see that as being a problem, the edginess of the book. I think it actually helps it.

Quint: I think as long as you don’t lose the identity of the book. That’d be the only worry with going through a studio for me. I can just hear the board notes, “I don’t get it. Are they zombies? Do they eat people?” I can see that going over some suit’s heads, but then again you’ve got your ringer, you’ve got somebody like Fincher who might be able to quell any fears a studio might have.



Eric Powell: I think so. There’s a certain level of, especially from my point of view, there’s this level of quality that Fincher is associated with, so hopefully that will allow for some people to have faith in what we are doing and just back off a little bit. We will see what happens. We are kind of putting the cart in front of the horse here, so we will see what kind of response we get after their meetings. Hopefully it will be a good response and they will get the weirdness of it. If you tried to tame this thing down, it would just kill it. We all had that understanding, everyone involved with it. If you try to explain this too much, if you try to tame it down a little bit, it would just kill it because that’s the whole voice of it. That’s the whole atmosphere of the material, the weirdness of the world and the likeability of the characters, even though they are not the most… They are not Superman, let’s put it that way. (laughs)

Quint: The charm of your books is the tangents it goes on and the off kilter feel to it where I see that and I go “That’s an audience pleasing thing, that’s not a bad thing,” but obviously you know the fear the fans have with studio mentality and all of that stuff. Cool, so is there anything else that you can think of? Anything you want to talk about that we haven’t touched on?

Eric Powell: Not that I can think of. We are kind of in that place where there’s not a whole lot to say, you know? We are just at this spot where we are on the verge of trying to get this thing done, so there’s not a whole lot to really say yet.

Quint: I appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and hopefully we can do a follow up here in a couple of months and everybody will be happy and you guys will be on the road to finally getting this underway.

Eric Powell: That’d be great and just to let you know, I’m not going to pull a Rob Zombie if you ever hate anything we do. Don’t worry about that.

[Both Laugh]

Eric Powell: You know, you’re a critic, it’s your job so I’m just letting you know.

Quint: You haven’t disappointed me yet.

Eric Powell: I was really worried when you came up by the table and said, “Hey man, how’s it going?” I was like “God, I hope he liked it.”

Quint: So far you haven’t had the Goon put on his “Got to take a shit mask.”

Eric Powell: Yeah, not yet. (laughs)

Quint: So far you haven’t molested something I hold dear. As long as you keep not doing that, we’ll be okay.



Cross your fingers, guys. We don’t want this to turn in to one of those “almost happened” geek projects. I’m a big fan of these books and love what I’ve seen so far… and I just love edgy animation, something we don’t see nearly enough these days. I’ve got my ear to the ground on this one. I’ll let you know how things develop! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Big fan of The Goon

    by Mr_Fancy_Pants

    I hope they really nail this!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    fantastic...

    by iwasredempted

    i'm there.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Never read a comic in my life...

    by Fred Garvin

    but this looks fantastic.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    No one is going to see this.

    by fiester

    It's animated but not a kids movie. based on a non-mainstream comic--who is the audience for this?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I want to see this!!

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    now all we need is the Bone adaptation and my life is complete

    by pantsfactory

    seriously the Goon is hilarious, it's not a household comic name but it's got references all over the place in TV and movies and just like Hellboy- it wasn't common knowledge until it's movie. But that's ok. the Goon is hilarious, it's like your favourite saturday morning cartoon grew up(but, not really).

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Pure Brilliance

    by Somejane

    @Feister -- Try all those people who are unsatisfied by crappy live-action adaptations of their favorite comics. All those kids who grew up on the animation of the last 30 years didn't grow out of it -- this is what we want! I'd pay to see this movie a handful of times.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    This film must be made!

    by Dean_Stahl

    The work seen here is amazing! This is definitely a must have!!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    A must movie

    by ffcomics

    Zombie lovers, comic fans, this is a movie for everyone! This movie must be made.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah that could be really amazing

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I, too, have never read the books...

    by ronaldtheshort

    But this footage looks awesome. I want this movie NOW!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    What's the hold up?

    by loydicus

    Make it a Movie, make it a Game, make it a series on Adult Swim! Just make it!!! Culture needs more adult oriented cartoons, and what better intellectual property than The GOON... especially with the current fan base for zombies, vamps, etc. This is a cult classic just waiting to bust out!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    they gotta make this movie

    by cooldude2000

    i'm normally against hollywood taking something that i love and turning it into a movie. probably because they get it wrong so often. i want this movie made. this 'teaser' is so awesome i can't stand it.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    why not live action

    by cpwozzie

    I don't see this working as an animated film, I'm a fan of the book but why not go live action? At $50-60 budget it could work and would certainly have better prospects at the box office.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Cartoons for grown-ups

    by blackwood

    Yes. Just fucking yes.<p>Mainstream animation for an adult market needs to happen already. I mean, BEOWOLF was kind of neat, but it was all Zemeckis-doll-people-creepy. It was an animated film that longed to be live-action. In Japan, over 50 of ALL MEDIA produced is either illustrated or animated. I feel the market in North America has been trained poorly by Pixar and Disney and we need to look at animation as a style of filmmaking that doesn't have to be an Oscar-baiting short film to be adult.<p>I hope this gets funding, and I hope the funding stays hands-off. That trailer is great. I hope, when the studios take a look at it, they think "That would look amazing in 3D," and that would be their sole request. Because, $13 ticket be damned, that would look amazing in 3D.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Fincher's HEAVY METAL... NOW, please.

    by CENOBITE

    Combine this with the amount of boobs seen in Piranha 2 and you have a winner, David. I, for one, vote for a Druuna story.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I was hoping this would be live action BUT...

    by moonlightdrive

    I really liked that footage and I want to see this asap!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint!!

    by Ravenjackson

    You might not recall, but I emailed you last year after the Goon panel at SDCC to see if you heard the news about prospects for a Goon. The Blur teaser trailer of the Goon shown this year was amazing! Giametti and Brown did a great job making the characters come to life. I have to admit that I had some fear and trepidation when I heard the Goon was coming to the big screen; however, Fincher and Blur appear to be committed to the source material and have involved Powell in the development process. I cannot wait for this movie!!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint!!

    by Ravenjackson

    You might not recall, but I emailed you last year after the Goon panel at SDCC to see if you heard the news about prospects for a Goon. The Blur teaser trailer of the Goon shown this year was amazing! Giametti and Brown did a great job making the characters come to life. I have to admit that I had some fear and trepidation when I heard the Goon was coming to the big screen; however, Fincher and Blur appear to be committed to the source material and have involved Powell in the development process. I cannot wait for this movie!!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    This is a goldmine waiting to be exploited....

    by Jobacca

    Seriously...any studio that would pass on this is nuts. They could do a whole series of these films and make a ton of money. The Superhero fatigue is already setting in,and stuff like this is the perfect way for studios to have their cake and eat it too...in regards to making a comic book movie

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    The song in the background

    by The_Odore

    Is awesome! I love Southern Culture on the Skids. White Trash indeed.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Looks amazing...

    by maupka

    hope that when Frankie and The goon meet on screen it's reflects the awesome looking pencil sketched look of the flashbacks in the comics. Just don't mention Chinatown....

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Blur Studios

    by Movietool

    Those guys are really brilliant - they've done so many amazing cinematics for video games, and everyone always says "why don't they just make a whole movie like that?" Now we see why - because it's fucking hard to get money - and animation on this level ain't cheap.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    For anyone just discovering Eric Powell

    by maupka

    I heartily recommend his work on Superman - Escape from Bizzaro World (With Richard Donner!) and his recently completed Chimichanga is one of the most strangely heart warming comics I've read this year. In fact if you like the look of The Goon get your butts down to your local Comic store and pick up a copy!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    And furthermore...

    by maupka

    You can pick up the first issue of the Goon for a single dollar this Wednesday from your local comic store. I'm not a plant by the way just a fan.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Holy crap...

    by rascal_sly

    The Goon is incredible. The whole Adult Swim/South Park/Simpsons culture is huge and ready for an animated adult movie. Eric Powell is a mastermind and from seeing his panel in San Diego, this movie is going to be made right. This will pave the way and open doors, for America to accept animation with adult content. Eric, you're incredible, keep making amazing art.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Cult films

    by blackwood

    See, the thing about cult films is, they may not make huge money at the box office, but they sell FOREVER. Especially if they are incredibly idiosyncratic yet exceptionally well-made. The reason why people want to go after the geek dollar is not because it will bring them big bucks. It's because no one gossips like geeks on the internet and once we love something we can love it forever. With geeks you get loyality, but only if you treat the thing they love with respect. Well, when I write that I hear George Lucas say, "NOT TRUE HAR HAR HAR," and eating chicken. But look at the original trilogy. Look at JAWS for christssake. Super inflated budget, plagued with problems, destined to be a failure... and it invent the 'blockbuster' genre. Point is, you can never know lightning is going to strike. You can chase after the safe dollar, like most of Hollywood, or you can do something interesting and brave and potentially lead the way.<p>I hope this film gets made. I hope someone with the long view gets it made.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    That's a Weird Choice of Sample Scene

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Since the movie is called THE GOON and the Goon himself is barely in that scene. It gives you a good idea of the humor and tone of the comics I guess, but that scene focuses more on the "sidekick" than the "hero". I've only read the first GOON collection I think, but I seem to recall The Goon having more personality than we got from that scene.<br /><br />As far as getting 60 million to fund this? With Brown and Giamatti as your "star" voice cast? Doesn't seem likely. This isn't exactly "Burton and Bekmambetov bringing you 9". That had a sort of built in HOT TOPIC audience to give it an opening weekend. And only cost half as much as they're asking to make this? And had a worldwide gross of 48 million?

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    do something cool.please make this movie

    by Bakersfield

    this comic deserves to be a motion picture. In fact, its perfect for one. im so stoked about this. please please make this a movie. the merchandising will be awesome for you H-Wood, i promise

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Step Up, Do Something New

    by AlGoreHole

    The Goon is a fun, fleshed out character. America would embrace him. We need heroes that make it look easy. Shane, PopEye. Characters with a heart that don't take shit and watch out for the weak.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Childs, they are already in the fincher business!

    by DrRumpledink

    It's the main reason this WILL be made. You really think there is not one studio in the world that won't see this and see it's potential? Sure it's a risk. But one someone will be willing to take a gamble if it means a relationship with Fincher. How do you think '9' got made? Burton. Arthur and the Invisibles? Luc Besson. Monster House? Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. I also don't think it would be that much of a tough sell based on that new footage. That's a movie right there. Anyone can see it looks fucking incredible if you know the comics or not...even a dumbass suit.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    by MRGREEN3000

    forget about the remakes and the so called mega hits that turn into flops... get this flick made so the world can see something new and awesome this decade!!! if not... "knife to the eye" for you fools.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Zardoz is such a great movie. I'd say it's still more

    by UltraTron

    Intelligent and badass than anything. It's got balls o solid rock. Even predicts the Internet. Only thing is I doubt they'd get bored so quick. It would take much longer when you consider the paradise of second level meditation coupled with light pattern thought storage virtual reality.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    When is Heavy Metal coming out?

    by hallmitchell

    With the all star lineup of directors?

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Hey, what about Shlomo?

    by GuiltyFeat

    I actually understood the tone from this clip far more than I ever did from the comic book. It feels like animation is the natural medium for The Goon. This was awesome.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Childs, We will indeed

    by DrRumpledink

    and I'm looking forward to giving you a told you so :p

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Comparisons with '9' are pointless

    by onezeroone

    All said and done, 9 was a serious "post apocalyptic" tale. Tonally, Goon is a totally different beast. The "trailer" captures the FUN aspect of the comics. At end of day, people go to movies to have fun and Goon looks way more fun than 9 already.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Great comic that should make a great movie.

    by rbatty024

    But unfortunately animation in the U.S. is so centered around children's flicks that it's difficult for something like this to garner an audience. Sure, Pixar sometimes makes films that speak intelligently to adults, but they also have to make damn sure it's appropriate for kids first. Although, some of the profits might be made off of merchandise. I'm just happy that Dark Horse is smart enough to get their properties on the big screen.

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  • Aug. 24, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Ever notice how Zardoz is even more un-apologetic

    by UltraTron

    than Inception and more intelligent, visceral,effective,etc. He battles the Tabernacle and can manipulate time with the knowledge he gains yet the movie keeps ramming home that everything is a dead end except the natural order on this planet. Space travel and everything else will come to nothing. Taking the best of what we have and preserving it is our only option.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Instant Classic

    by piperian396

    So quirky, so original, and every geek I know, even ones that never read a Goon comic want to know when it is coming out. I hope it happens.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Childs is right

    by Ray Garraty #47

    That test footage looked great but was really poorly paced. It just went on and on and on. If it's a proof of concept that's one thing, but otherwise I wouldn't touch it if I were a studio. Why take the financial risk to appease a weekend's worth of geeks and teenage boys with what is essentially an adult cartoon? And if the response is tepid on a website like this, it will be much, much more pronounced in the marketplace. I'm thinking "Tank Girl," et al. Maybe worse.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Childs and Ray are WRONG

    by FatAndy

    Not a fan of the comics/movie genre for the most part, but given the names involved; 50 to 60 million would be a huge win. Consider limited release in the US, Europe and Asia (where adult cartoons can make box office cash) plus the hardcore fanbase DVD sales. When the most successful shows on the small screen are adult cartoons, you really think people would go to a theater? I disagree completely. This seems like a project that would be quiet until release, but I've read updates here and other sites, even MTV for cryin' out loud. Just seems like a studio would be foolish not to try for 60 million. I mean we're talking the budget of "Meet Dave" half the budget of "Speed Racer". And a fan base not based on the former shine of aging comedians or the nostalgia or old cartoons. This is fresh material that seems to be very funny.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    :)

    by Eric_Powell

    The people saying, "This is great, but it won't sell." Actually instill me with a lot of confidence. Because that is the same response I got from publishers when I was shopping the comic around in the beginning. But Dark Horse Comics had the vision to step up. Over a decade of comics that have never gone out of print, 13 Eisner nominations, and 5 Eisner Awards later... The time is right for animated films to break out of kiddy land. Hell, Avatar was practically an animated film. People are ready to accept CG characters beyond cute little fuzzy bunnies. Goon is going to show that. Comparing it to 9 or Coraline is like comparing Willy Wonka to Blazing Saddles. This is a dark comedy filled with action, heart, and poop jokes. Lots and lots of poops jokes... an uncomfortable amount of poop jokes... almost an asian fetish like amount of poop jokes... Actually there's only one, but shit is funny. And in response to the "under ground comic at best"... The Goon is published all over the world and has been translated into languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese, & Polish. It's not Spiderman, but it's not a comic being printed at Kinkos and sold out of the back of a head shop. :)

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Hey, Eric!

    by Ray Garraty #47

    Eric, if it's you, thanks for posting! I'm not dissing your work, and The Goon's staying power is a testament to Dark Horse's faith in you and into the quality of your material. I just think that people are ready to accept adult animated films on DVD or in smaller doses on cable, but not on the big screen. Your voice cast is a home run, and I hope you get what you are looking for. If The Goon movie ushers in some more risk-taking and original animated material - "getting out of kiddy land" -- that would be great.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The Goon!

    by tracylady

    The Goon is AWESOME, I can't wait until someone finally gets this movie done. The trailer was stellar work.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I hear ya, Ray

    by Eric_Powell

    But I really think it's time. And all it's going to take is one quality film to be made that crosses the line and it will produce a flood. How many fantasy epics were being produced before Lord of the Rings? How many adult films with a dwarf spanking an albino with a herring before Midget Albino Fish Spankers part 7? IT'S TIME!!

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Love the animation

    by Teddy Artery

    Don't love the nth "zombie" movie rehash so soon after so many other zombie movies, really don't like Paul Giamatti's voice in the clip... grates on my nerves something awful. I would have preferred someone with the vocal qualities of a young Don Knotts instead. Also, I don't see but a core nerd audience for this. The level of violence will keep middle America kids out of the theaters (their parents will see to that).

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Could succeed as an Adult Swin show

    by fiester

    It was my understanding that this was to be a feature film theater release--which would be disastrous since there is no audience for it.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The only legitimate gripe about the clips...

    by aikimoe

    ...is the lack of the Goon. I hope more was made but not seen yet, because his complex character is a major component of the comic, which, in my opinion, is as good as any ever made. And it's absolutely NOT a "zombie movie rehash." Zombies are just part of the environment, like mosquitoes in the summer. Mr. Powell, if you're reading, I know you can pull it off. I will try to imagine a god I can believe in to pray to so that your movie happens.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    It is another zombie rehash

    by Teddy Artery

    as far as the public is concerned, Aikimoe.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Teddy, that depends on how it's sold...

    by aikimoe

    In these clips, one might get that impression (which qualifies as another legitimate gripe, I grant you), but any movie that gets made won't qualify as a "zombie rehash" because the books are not about the zombies. Of course, the public likes zombies right now, so I can see why it might make sense to market them as such, but no matter what the trailers look like, no viewer will walk away from the movie thinking it's a "zombie rehash."

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Should not be made... Hollywood BEWARE!

    by TimAvers

    That got your attention, didn't it? Fortunately, I happen to believe exactly the opposite. It's not because I went thrift shopping with Mr. Powell when he was a grungy-haired teenager. It's not because I'm a Goon superfan (although I bought the first trade and was forced to admit Eric is every bit as good a writer as he is an artist). I think that The Goon film should be made for precisely the same reason that "District 9" was a critical and financial hit - it's unique, raucous, and the same kind of thing AMC sees in "The Walking Dead" - vivid, sometimes caustic, and funny. The Goon as a movie had legs. It's the kind of movie people will come out of seeing and feel like they actually had the same experience with a movie that they did when they were kids - they got transported to another world and had fun for a couple hours. And not some PC snorefest planet.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    The real Eric_Powell?

    by DrRumpledink

    Get that man a black box :)

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's Time!!

    by Ravenjackson

    I appreciate the comment made by Ray Garraty [loved the "Long Walk" btw...that would be a great film]; however, I think that people have already accepted adult animated films on DVD and on cable. Time to take the next step. I am heartened that a credible film industry visionary [Fincher] is leading the charge.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    For all that is holy please make this movie!!

    by theslackjaw

    I will see this movie, I will make my wife see this movie, I will make my friends see this movie . . . admittedly that is only two people so far but I guarantee that if this makes it to a theater within 1000 miles of me I will see it at least three times. At least. I'll see it in 3D for heaven's sake. Please make this movie. Thank you.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Will studios want a live action version?

    by bakerhood

    Someone else responded to this effect and I agree; I have a suspicion the studios will be interested, but as a live action film. I'll take either. Given the nature of the Goon, I think it would make bigger money and widen the audience as a live action flick.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    The Goon Movie MUST become a reality

    by beelzy613

    The Goon is probably one of the greatest comics I have personally read. The movie must become a reality! It would be a true shame to see such a great work of fiction not make it to the big screen!

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    We need to take up a collection....

    by Jobacca

    Seriously...I would be willing to donate to get this made. I've got almost 12 dollars in quarters in a cookie jar in the back of me closet. The best thing about The Goon is...its different. How many times can Hollywood tell the same superhero story? The guys in tights are on the wane,now bring on THE GOON...and Hellboy 3...or more animated Hellboy.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    The Goon movie group

    by Sean_Napier

    There is a movie group on facebook trying to get fans of the film to join and garner support. It's under the name The Goon Movie.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    How can that test footage not get studios drooling?

    by SoylentMean

    That looks fuckin' fantastic! Make it happen Fincher and I'll go see your facebook movie. Otherwise, I won't.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Eric_Powell

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I'm definitely not rooting AGAINST your movie being made.I enjoyed the first book and I'm a huge fan of Fincher, Giamatti and Brown. I would love to see an Animated GOON movie, and this clip looks great. I'm just worried about it finding a large enough audience that will justify a 60 Million dollar investment.<br /><br />I was rooting for Scott Pilgrim to do well (and I've never even read that comic) because my kids are fans of the book, and we like the director. That film was well over 70% in positive critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes,the comic and the director both have rabid fan bases to spread word of mouth,you couldn't watch a TV show without seeing the Commercials and the general public still had little to no interest in seeing it opening weekend. It's slipped even further this week. They didn't know what the hell it was or why they should care.<br /><br />If most of the general public is still confused about what the hell WATCHMEN is, when it's been around for 25 years and is considered not only one of the great graphic novels, but one of the great Novels of the 20th Century, you're going to have a whole lot of work ahead of you selling this to people who wouldn't go into a comic shop or watch an animated movie if you held a gun to their head. There's more of them then there are of us. Always have been. Always will be.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    DA' GOON

    by KILLALITRE

    Let's help get this done people,become a fan on FB and keep the comments coming,you know you want it!

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    all the superhero movies

    by Star Hump

    should have been (CGI) animated too. Thats the way you tell those kinds of over-the-top, dynamic adventure stories. I hope we see this come to pass.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I'm a huge comic book fan

    by Detective_Fingerling

    and I go into my local comic shop every week but I've never heard of the Goon or seen it on a rack. I'll have to give it a shot with all the acclaim people are giving it here.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Hey, I was pulling for Ron Perlman as the Goon!

    by JustinSane

    But I love me some Clancy Brown, too! Screw 'em all, Powell, it's time for more mature American animated films to get their due! Why let Japan get all the glory?

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    And by glory, I mean tentacle porn.

    by JustinSane

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I'm really not sure that's really

    by brattyben

    Eric. He comes off as more humble than that. If it is him, go ahead brother, let that flag fly!! Anywhoosle, I've read the Goon back when it was published by Albotros and I fell in love with it. This footage sets the exact tone and feel of the book. Very excited to see this pan out.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    There Is A Morale Imperative...

    by ChainsawTRobot

    ...That this movie be made and see a giant theatrical release. Never mind that it's an animated Goon movie...the voices are done by Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti! How can this NOT win all of the Oscars?!?!

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  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Knife to the eye!!!!

    by bobagentofhydra

    Man, I'll knife my own eye if I don't get to see this movie.. Eric Powell is a brilliant writer n artist and deserves to be known. People will love this even if they haven't read the comics. When this movie comes out is sure be a Cult Classic..

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Love the Goon

    by Autry

    Love it and can't wait to see a full movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Make this movie, please!

    by ergoth

    How many times do I have to say I will go see this movie to have it made 10? 1000?! More?!! Cuz I'll do it! I'll buy all the @#$*ing tickets if i have to! Eric Powell and The Goon are the reason I read comics again and this movie must be made!!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Big Fun

    by Doc_Savage

    That Blur clip is great, I like their short films and some of their video game animated bits are Goon animated - amazazing! I really wish the best of luck with getting this made, but I guarantee the first studio note will be to put pupils in the eyes!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Goon is Good

    by Reconhell

    Make this movie, for the love of pete!!!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    MAKE THIS MOVIE!! I WILL SEE IT 5 TIMES AT LEAST.

    by benway15

    MAKE THIS MOVIE!! I WILL SEE IT 5 TIMES AT LEAST, probably more like 10. The books are the greatest graphic novels ever! Ignore the stupid tit-heads who have not read the book. You cannot second-guess a movie's popularity, especially not this one!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    THE GOON IS A WORK OF GENIUS

    by benway15

    I WISH OTHER COMMENTERS WOULD F**K OFF WITH THEIR "BUDGET CONCERNS" AND THEIR COMPARISONS OF THIS UNMADE MOVIE WITH MOVIES FROM THE PAST. These are people who have never read "The Goon" graphic novels. These books are a work of genius. They are a serious work of literature, disguised beneath a facade of hilarious immature zombie movie stuff and pop-culture references. Eric Powell who created the books is a genius. David Fincher, who directed Fight Club and other films, and who is producing this movie, is also a genius. And don't these commenters think David Fincher MIGHT know a thing-or-two more than them about making a successful movie given everything he has made? Multiple successes. If he has faith in this amazing project, anyone should. Again, F**K OFF WITH YOUR LAME UNINFORMED BASELESS BUDGET CONCERNS

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I WILL SEE THIS MOVIE 10 TIMES

    by benway15

    These are the same people who, you can imagine, if Fight Club had not been made, and a trailer was put out on this board, or the idea of making it a film was being discussed would say, "A budget of $50 million [or whatever] for a movie about a guy who starts up fighting clubs under drinking holes and then blows some buildings up at the end? Who is going to be the audience for that? And for $50 million? How is this movie ever going to profit?" Or maybe if the animated band "Gorillaz" was being proposed, would say "an animated band? Please! Who is going to be the audience for that? How will that ever make money?". And what about the continuing DVD sales of the films mentioned above like Watchmen etc. and all the merchandising etc etc.? It never just stops at the movie sales.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Make it so, Number One

    by DirtyDee

    There is a slight chance this won't be easily identified by all the people who don't know what's up as something they should really sink their eye-hooks into. Fingers crossed SO hard. This will be a new a favorite, I'm sure. Actually, come to think of it. A lot of animated hero movies are having awesome luck on DVD... we'll see what happens. I'm already going to buy it. Blu-ray. And I don't even own a player.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    No Movie I've Wanted To See More

    by Mortoy

    I only recently came upon The Goon comics and had nearly instantly became a fan...it was perfect with polish. Then when I came upon the trailer my jaw was dropped to the point of severe agony, it was some time later I realized it was now broken and had to be reattached with a large unpleasant iron bolt. But I digress, the models, texture, animation, voices, personality, and everything about the trailer was an awesomeness I couldn't think of a comparison to. Stars have aligned to make this come together so well, it has to be made, or I'm afraid the world will crumble to an apocalyptic realm of the cliche and remakes. Short version: doooo iiiiit.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Looks Great

    by big_sally

    I think the voices are spot-on. They really did a great job with these clips. I'm crossing my fingers that this thing gets made and soon.