Seven years after a Kickstarter campaing was launched to develop a feature-length animated film based on Albatross Funnybooks' The Goon, a plan is finally in motion to bring Eric Powell's creation to the big screen.
The team beind the Kickstarter, which includes Academy Award winning director David Fincher, Blur Studios, Dark Horse Entertainment and Powell, made the announcement that 20th Century Fox has greenlit the film for production:
As loyal fans, we wanted you folks to be the first to know… THE GOON feature is officially in development at 20th Century Fox! And we owe a huge debt of thanks to you, our backers, for keeping the faith during this long journey. You helped us keep the dream alive. Without you, we couldn’t have gotten this far.
With your generous contributions, we were able to finish a full storyboard animatic of the film, complete with amazing voice acting, sound design, and music. This template for the film sold the producers and studio on the potential of THE GOON and we're beginning a new round of development.
So, what exactly does “development” mean? Well, it doesn't mean that we're making the movie next week -- the proverbial Hollywood "green-light" always happens in phases -- but it does mean we've got fresh wind in our sails, the resources of a studio and some "heavy-hitter" producers behind us. It's the next, necessary step along the path to making the film.
Which producers you may ask? It's The Chernin Group and they’ve brought us movies such as the PLANET OF THE APES franchise, RED SPARROW and OBLIVION. They love the project and we're all excited about this next phase and continues the collaboration with the fabulous Eric Powell, David Fincher, and all the folks at Blur Studio.
Thank you all again. More updates coming as they happen!
A story reel of the film has already been produced, with Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti voicing the main characters.