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It's been a long, strange road for 'The Goon.' The animated big screen adaptation of Eric Powell's comic book series was at one time in the hands of director David Fincher ('Fight Club,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'), and set to feature the voice talents of Clancy Brown ('The Shawshank Redemption,' 'Cowboys & Aliens') as The Goon and Paul Giamatti ('Sideways,' 'The Ides of March') as his pal Franky. The project got so far along as to prepare a teaser/proof of concept trailer for Comic Con 2010. But then, all seemed to go silent. We didn't hear anything more about production nor did was a release date settled upon. What happened? Well, Giamatti himself may have helped us solve that mystery in an interview with IFC conducted during Sundance. When asked about the project, he had this to say...
“I have no idea what the hell happened, I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money.”
I can't say that I'm a longtime fan of 'The Goon' comic book because, well, I have never read it. I was however hooked by the proof of concept trailer that played during Comic Con. I loved the weird, wonderful style of the animation (which I assume is a callback to the art of the comics) and the mix of violence, zombies, and hedonism. It seems strange to me that a film like this, with a director as prominent as Fincher on board, could just suddenly run out of money and derail. Not that it isn't possible of course, no one is above budgetary woes, but I wonder if maybe Giamatti is misinformed or simply not privy to the real answer. There's no note of certainty in what he says, in fact he admits that he has no idea what actually happened. There could be any number of things that could have caused a delay in production. My hope is that it is in fact just a delay and not a complete shutdown as I would very much love to see this movie. It can't however be taken as a good omen that one of the stars of the film is completely out of the loop as to its future.
What do you guys think? Will we see 'The Goon' in theaters? Are you interested in a film adaptation?