THE GOON Creator Eric Powell Says David Fincher's Film Adaptation Still Alive
Published: January 30, 2012 - 7:41am
After the recent comments from actor Paul Giamatti saying that director Fincher's big screen adaption of the award-winning Dark Horse comic had run out of money, Powell cleared the air with a few choice words.
The Goon, created by Eisner award winning artist and writer Eric Powell, is known for it's dark humor and engaging storyline that features a plethora of interesting characters and creatures ranging from zombie mafia, immortal cowboy ghouls and giant Spanish lizards. So far David Fincher, who is producing the film with Blur studios animators, and is stepping in to direct, has been shopping the comic con footage with Powell in tow. Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti are locked down to voice the main characters Goon and Franky, respectively.
Giamatti was asked recently whether The Goon was officially dead, to which he gave an offhanded affirmative response. This caused quite a stir with long time fans of both Fincher and Powell's creation, and now the comic creator has offered more positive feedback in response:
Recently some sites have been saying The Goon film has been nixed based on comments from Paul Giamatti saying he didn’t know where the film was at and we must have ran out of money. Let me assure you we have not run out of money… because we never had any money to run out of.
It's been a while since anyone spoke to Giamatti about the project and I guess he wasn’t kept in the loop as to what was going on. So zip up your fly, Internet. The Goon is in the exact same position it’s been in for the past couple of years. Prepping the design and script while searching for funding.
I just got an email from Giamatti saying he feels like a douche that this became a topic. He did say that he facetiously muttered, "Maybe they can't get the money.", but never said anything about money drying up. But as everyone knows, this is how the internet works. He also said I could declare him full of crap and a nuisance... which would only make him more suited to play Franky, but are completely untrue. His time already devoted to this project is greatly appreciated.
We have to find the right people that get what we’re trying to do and will give us the budget we require. It’s going to take time when you’re dealing with a project like the Goon film. An animated (and not aimed towards toddlers) gangster film with monsters, murder, and tons of dark humor… where have you seen that before?
It’s going to take time to find a truly creative studio with a unique sense of vision to partner with us on this film. Fincher, Blur, Dark Horse, and I aren’t just throwing this out there. We want it done right and in the spirit of the source material. Doing something new is never easy… or fast. Trust me, when someone steps up and we get this slated I will be screaming it from the rooftops. And if Fincher and Blur decide to pass, I will also let you know by posting something on thegoon.com. But there is zero change right now. We all remain dedicated and confident that we’ll get this thing done.
Powell also provided confirmation from David Fincher himself that The Goon film adaption is on his priority list:
"The things that make the Goon so completely unique are, unfortunately, more than mere concerns to corporate hollywood. The problem is trying to work it through the pla-dough press that is development and emerge with our dignity and YOUR hard fought independent voice intact.
But I am undeterred--this atom can be split."