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The Goon – Eric Powell talks about the film

Posted by LiveFor on November 23, 2009

Eric Powell recently spoke to CBR about his excellent comic book, The Goon. He went on to give an update on the film adaption – The last I heard Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti were possibly voicing The Goon and Frankie.

Hpromised that his deal with director David Fincher and CG animation specialists Blur Studios was moving forward strongly. “I just finished writing the script a few months back, and Blur is working on a lot of test stuff. Fincher is working on a film right now, so we’re waiting for him to get some space so we can start showing some of this stuff off. I’m pretty happy with everything so far. We’ve just got to work to get to the next point. This is a slow, long process.”

While he couldn’t confirm whether or not Fincher would direct the final product or be credited as a producer, Powell said, “David’s going to be heavily involved. I’ve worked with him and Blur quite a bit to get the screenplay together, and it’s been a great experience so far.” He added that this specific deal is keeping him much more involved with the screen life of his property than many other comic creators have gotten.

“I think it’s a choice where, if you’re getting a giant paycheck from a major studio to adapt your book and get Brad Pitt as the lead or whatever, then they kind of take it away from you because they’ve invested so much. But when you’re doing something that’s more about the material and less about a big event, they give you the opportunity to be more involved. And that’s your choice,” Powell said. “Some guys are like, ‘Just give me the check and you do what you want with it.’ But I’ve worked so long on ‘The Goon’ and I’m not creating a new book every month. I’m kind of using the Mike Mignola/Jeff Smith approach where you get your book out there and maintain it. I’ve got a lot invested in this on character, so I wanted to be involved. And they were eager to have me involved, so it worked out very well.”

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The Goon – Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti voicing The Goon and Frankie?

Posted by LiveFor on July 25, 2009

Some more Comic Con news. This time about Eric Powell’s film of The Goon. Apparantly footage was shown and it looked lovely, in a smashing zombie’s around the head kind of way. /film had this to say.

At the moment, Clancy Brown is interested in voicing the Goon, and Paul Giamatti is interested voicing Frankie. We heard their voices in the clips, and they worked beautifully. But since the film isn’t fully greenlit, they’re not signed. The first clip was a ‘public service announcement’ from the Goon, who explained how to deal with a zombie, or slackjaw. “Pick up a hammer or a large wrench, maybe a rusty mailbox and…bash the fucker’s head in!” Then we saw Frankie at a bar with a slackjaw, and got a little dialogue from Giamatti complaining about getting a drink. It’s fun, vulgar and just dark enough.

I think that voice casting is just spot on and I hope they get signed for the feature. Clancy Brown’s voice is just fantastic plus he was the Kurgen!

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The Goon – Eric Powell talks about why it had to be animated

Posted by LiveFor on April 10, 2009

“I always felt that the material would work better animated, just because of the bizarre nature of the characters and the atmosphere of the stories,” Powell told MTV News. “But American audiences don’t always embrace animation when it’s not a bunch of cute animals singing and dancing — so I was a little hesitant about it.”

“I thought maybe we should pursue a live action film,” continued Powell. “But then I saw the work of ‘Blur’ and spoke with [producer David] Fincher and learned about the way they want to do it the way they want to treat it, and I was sold.”

Still, when you look at the overall numbers for top-grossing comic book adaptations, see 2007’s “TMNT” standing as the top dog among CGI films, and note that its $54.1M just barely cracked the Top 50 superhero flicks, it’s hard to justify animation. Heck, all you’d have to do for “The Goon” is put Mickey Rourke back in his Marv makeup from “Sin City,” add some depression-era clothes and — voila — you’ve got your Goon.

However, Powell believes that moviegoers are ready for a film like this for a few reasons.

“I have the feeling the Adult Swim crowd is there, and that wasn’t there before,” said Powell. “And films like ‘Beowulf’ have come out that aren’t family-style animated films. I think the doors are opening. American audiences are starting to embrace different types of material animated.”

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The Goon – Early concept art

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2009

We recently had our first glimpse of what The Goon will look like on in all his CG glory. Now here are a couple of pieces of concept art by Sean McNally (Blur Studios and Dark Horse) for the David Fincher directed film.

They are excellent pictures and very in keeping with Eric Powell’s original comic. I really can’t wait to see some actual footage from the film.
I wonder who they will get to voice the characters? Who would you like to hear as the voice of The Goon?

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The Goon – First look at the animated feature

Posted by LiveFor on March 14, 2009

Here is the first look at the animated version of The Goon. Eric Powell’s excellent comic book brought to CG 3D life by Blur Studios (they are also working on some of the Heavy Metal film – you can check out their Rockfish short in my interview with Neal Asher). AICN had the exclusive.

David Fincher is directing The Goon film along with some of the Heavy Metal anthology film.
I personally love The Goon comic and think this picture of the Goon and Frankie looks brilliant. They look just like the comic book and I love the dead zombie on the right. All in all it is shaping up to be a great looking film.

Very exciting stuff.

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The Goon is 10 years old

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2009

I love The Goon. A great comic. Funny, clever, stupid, fights, zombies, squids, bowling balls, gangsters, it’s got it all. Now MTV have this cool video for The Goon’s tenth anniversary.

Way back in March 1999, the first issue of Eric Powell’s quirky horror-noir series “The Goon” landed on comics shop shelves. A full decade later, Powell’s musclebound protagonist and a cast of other bizarre characters continue their zombie-smashing, eye-stabbing adventures in a special 10th Anniversary issue headed to comic shops this week, and production continues on a CG-animated “The Goon” movie, produced by “Fight Club” director David Fincher.

In order to commemorate a decade of “The Goon” (and the upcoming film based on the character), Dark Horse Comics has provided Splash Page with an exclusive video introduction to the series’ cast of characters, narrated by Powell himself.

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The Goon is 10 years old

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2009

I love The Goon. A great comic. Funny, clever, stupid, fights, zombies, squids, bowling balls, gangsters, it’s got it all. Now MTV have this cool video for The Goon’s tenth anniversary.

Way back in March 1999, the first issue of Eric Powell’s quirky horror-noir series “The Goon” landed on comics shop shelves. A full decade later, Powell’s musclebound protagonist and a cast of other bizarre characters continue their zombie-smashing, eye-stabbing adventures in a special 10th Anniversary issue headed to comic shops this week, and production continues on a CG-animated “The Goon” movie, produced by “Fight Club” director David Fincher.

In order to commemorate a decade of “The Goon” (and the upcoming film based on the character), Dark Horse Comics has provided Splash Page with an exclusive video introduction to the series’ cast of characters, narrated by Powell himself.

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The Goon – Teaser Poster

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2008

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