A feature film adaptation of Eric Powell’s Dark Horse Comics series The Goon has been in development for many, many years, but it’s had a lot of trouble getting off the ground despite the fact that talent like David Fincher and Paul Giamatti are attached. An impressive “proof of concept” trailer was put together to show off the tone and visuals of what the proposed animated film would be like, but studios still weren’t biting given the decidedly un-PG material.
Now Fincher (who is producing the film) has decided to start a Kickstarter fund for the film alongside Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler, who will co-direct. Miller was responsible for creating the fantastic opening title sequence for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and recently helmed the Halo 4 launch trailer that Fincher produced, so The Goon looks to be in great hands. Hit the jump for more, including a really, really, funny video from Fincher, Miller, and Fowler.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 14th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
The film adaptation of Eric Powell’s Dark Horse Comics series The Goon has been in the works for some time. We covered its panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, and it had hosted a panel at the event for several years prior to that. With David Fincher producing and names like Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti attached to lend their voices, you might think that a green light wouldn’t be all that difficult to come across. That said, years later the film is still looking for funding meaning that fans of the character are still waiting to see The Goon come to life on screen. While early test footage may not be exactly what said fans are hoping for, it will have to suffice for the time being. Check out some footage for yourself after the jump and learn the all-important skill of taking out a “Slackjaw” after a night of alcoholic indulgence.
Paul Giamatti is one of my favorite actors. I love how he can jump from genre to genre and make it look effortless. I also love that he’ll go from playing the lead in something like HBO’s John Adams, to playing a small but memorable role in Duplicity. And on top of that, he was awesome in Michael Davis’ gem Shoot ‘Em Up. Anyway, over the past decade, Giamatti has played countless roles and he always impresses me.
Which brings me to his latest movie Barney’s Version - which opens this weekend in limited release. Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel, the movie is about four decades, two continents, and the three wives of Barney Panofsky (Giamatti). Without saying too much, the film follows Barney’s long and colorful life and it’s really great. Filled with fantastic performances from Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Dustin Hoffman and Scott Speedman, it’s a film definitely worth seeing. For more, watch the trailer here.
Anyhow, the other day I got to sit down with Giamatti twice. The first interview was solely about Barney’s Version, and the second and more in depth interview was about his career and future projects. So if you’d like to read, listen to, or watch Giamatti talk about his career, how he picks projects, The Goon, The Hangover 2, George Clooney’s next movie The Ides of March, HBO’s Too Big to Fail (he plays Ben Bernanke), and a lot more, hit the jump:
In case you find it useful, here are links to the Collider take on anything and everything that went down at Comic-Con on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here’s Thursday’s coverage…hit the jump for Friday and Saturday:
Are you unable to attend Comic-Con, instead living vicariously through our wealth of coverage? Heck, even if you’re in San Diego right now, there’s no way you can see everything. In case you find it useful, here are links to the Collider take on anything and everything that went down at the Con on Thursday and Friday.
I’ll be honest: I am not familiar with Eric Powell’s popular comic book series The Goon. However, people I trust not only say the comic is terrific, but they told me that the panel for the film adaptation for the past several years has been hilarious. After going to this year’s panel and listening to actor Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!) banter with Powell, Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler of Blur Studio (who are animating the film), voice actor Paul Giamatti, and producer David Fincher, I will tell you this: I’m going to make sure I’m damn familiar with The Goon. Not only did it deliver on this promised hilarity, but even more than the panel for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, this one relies on the fans in a big way. You see, The Goon doesn’t have a green light. It has a teaser that’s trying to raise interest for a movie that doesn’t have studio backing yet. That means the fans need to go online and let people know they love it. Needless to say, they loved it and they’re going to go online and let people know that.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the panel and why I’m not leaving Comic-Con without at least the first volume of the series in my suitcase.
The animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s popular paranormal-crime/comedy/sci-fi/horror comic The Goon will be showing off its stuff at Comic-Con on Friday. You can now check out a 30-second teaser of the footage Blur Studios will be showing of the film. The film features the voices of Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown and was produced by David Fincher. The film’s panel will feature Powell, Giamatti, and Fincher. While Giamatti and Fincher would be reason enough to attend, I was told by people who went to The Goon panel last year that it was hilarious and one of the best of the Con.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser and to learn more about the film. The Goon panel will take place on Friday, July 23rd at 6pm in Room 24ABC.
If you’re a long time Collider reader, you know we’re big fans of Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, Fanboys, Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up). I’ve interviewed him a number of times and he’s always been incredibly nice and willing to talk about anything. In fact, just a few weeks ago, I spoke to him in NYC for his movie She’s Out of My League.
With Baruchel the lead voice in DreamWorks great new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon, I got to sit down with Baruchel last week for an extended interview. During our conversation we covered everything – from how he got involved in How to Train Your Dragon to his upcoming Disney movie The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Nicolas Cage. We also discussed the hockey movie he wrote with Evan Goldberg called Goon, and what’s the status of the project. He said they have a director and are close to having a star and described it as “Raging Bull with jokes.”
It’s a great interview so hit the jump and check it out.