There’s been a big announcement in the world of comic books, movies, and comic book movies, guys. Yesterday, David Fincher and Eric Powell took to Kickstarter to fund a demo-reel for their proposed feature film adaptation of The Goon, the most twisted, demented, inventive comic series around. It’s really hard to classify the series except to say that it’s a hodgepodge of ‘30s gangster flicks, B-horror movies, and slapstick comedies. In short, the comic series is a beautiful, manic piece of pop art.
Now, David Fincher wants to turn it into an animated movie. Only problem is, The Goon isn’t based on a shitty board game or a toy line, and furthermore, Fincher wants to make a movie that’s faithful to the comics, which is to say a movie that’s vulgar, violent, and hilarious. A concept trailer featuring the vocal talents of Clancy Brown and Paul Giammatti has been floating around the internet for years now, but unfortunately nothing has come of it.
Now Fincher is taking the added step of soliciting funds for a $400,000 demo-reel on Kickstarter. As far as I know, this is the first time I filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund a project this ambitious, and as of this posting, The Goon Team are already a quarter of the way toward meeting their goal. I don’t know what I’m more excited about: that Eric Powell’s creation may eventually come to life on the big screen or that David Fincher is dead set on making an animated movie for adults.
Either way, this project is a good thing, so if you’re a fan of great comic books or awesome movies, I recommend taking a look at The Goon’s Kickstarter page. And while you’re at it, chip in a few bucks, why don’t ya? What are you going to spend it on, anyway? Food?