It’s been a long time coming, but Eric Powell has offered an update on the Kickstarter-funded story reel for a CG-animated adaptation of The Goon, teasing, “we continue to inch closer to our final goal of Franky, via Paul Giamatti, screaming ‘KNIFE TO THE EYE!’ in theaters world wide!”
“I have seen about 90% of the story reel footage, and I’m super proud of the efforts of everyone involved,” he wrote Wednesday on the Kickstarter page. “Everyone remains just as passionate as ever to get this film completed, and it shows in every frame of the story reel. We still have hurtles [sic] to cross, but armed with this story reel and your overwhelming support, we remain confident we will find the right home for this film.”
An animated adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning miniseries has been in development from producer David Fincher, Blur Studio and Dark Horse since at least 2008. Despite its pedigree, and the voice talents of Giamatti and Clancy Brown, the project stalled when financing proved difficult, leaving only test footage to tantalize fans. But in 2012, Powell set aside his early apprehensions about crowd-funding to launch a Kickstarter campaign to pay for a full-length story reel to shop to studios. That effort generated an impressive $441,900 in pledges.
“It’s been a long road, but being the stubborn S.O.B.’s that we are, we refused to take Hollywood’s lack of vision for non-childish animation as an answer and remain undaunted in bringing you a faithful adaptation of Goon in all his pipe wrench across monster mug glory,” Powell wrote in his update. “There is a new generation of animation fans out there who want more mature material that isn’t filled with rainbows and kittens and cookie cutter plot lines of mass marketed crap meant to sell fluffy toys to five year olds. THEY WANT THINGS SHOT IN THE FACE AND NON-FLUFFY TOYS OF THINGS BEING SHOT IN THE FACE!! And we’re ready to give you that!”