When I mentioned to our own Greg Ellwood that I was planning to post an article about the upcoming animated feature film version of 'The Goon,' his response was very telling.
"I've never even heard of 'The Goon.'"
Greg reads comics... in some cases, he's a more regular comic reader than I am. Still, Eric Powell's brilliant long-running series is not a household name, and I can understand why. It's a genuinely unhinged book, crazy and wild and violent and delightful in every way. I think Powell's an amazing artist, and one of the hardest parts in translating the book to the bigscreen will be capturing the style of the thing, which is part '50s-era "Mad" magazine, part H.P. Lovecraft.
Thankfully, it seems like Blur Studios is on the case.
The first artwork from the proposed film appeared online in March of 2009, thanks to Quint at Ain't It Cool. Since then, they've been working on animation tests, and David Fincher's kept an eye on the way things have been progressing. There was a Comic-Con appearance last year by Powell, with a wee tease for fans, and now he's heading back down for another panel on Saturday of this year's Con. And he's bringing a bunch of test footage with him.
Even more exciting, it sounds like he's going to have David Fincher (who is a producer and a potential director on the film) and Paul Giamatti (who is doing the voice of Frankie, The Goon's misanthropic sidekick) there on the panel with him, talking about the current plans for the film. I hope they announce it's been greenlit and it's not just more talk about development. I'm not sure if they're bringing Clancy Brown, who is giving voice to The Goon, but that would be amazing.