In 2012, Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler launched a Kickstarter campaign to adapt Eric Powell’s comic series The Goon into an animated film. Since then, David Fincher has signed on to produce, but updates on the project have been few and far between leading many to think that the project had been canned for good. It seemed liked studios just weren’t interested in financially bringing an R rated comic book movie to life but now that Miller’s R rated Deadpool movie has been breaking records everywhere, it seems as though interest in the project may be sparking up again.
In a recent interview with Collider, Miller offered some news about The Goon film and explained how Deadpool’s success has caused studios to show a renewed interest in the project.
“If Deadpool shined any light in the direction of the studio, we wanna use some of that light to shine it on Goon. So we’ve been doing a lot of work lately, we did some voiceover last week.”
“I do think that there is a corollary. Deadpool proves it, in a big way, that there is a market for this stuff out there… Goon is very much an action—it’s got a lot of heart, it’s got a lot of comedy, it’s got a lot of similarities to what I think was successful in Deadpool, and so I think it’s not a stretch to compare those two things and say the world is a little more ready than they used to be for this kind of material. In the past, there’s reasons why The Goon wasn’t made, it’s because people were afraid of edgy animation. Now I think that Deadpool has proved that the audience is out there in a bigger way than some people thought.”
The Kickstarter money was used to produce an 85-minute animatic as a proof of concept to show studios the entire film in their pitch. Now that interest has picked back up, they aren’t wasting any of the opportunities.
“Before we did our Kickstarter, we did a whole round with the studios, so we went down, Jeff and me, sometimes Fincher, sometimes Josh Donnen, and we went to all the studios and did our pitch for The Goon. We had a really beautiful pitch, we had a test piece, we had our book, we had all this stuff and at that time it was a $50 million project and we couldn’t get anybody to bite. Everybody loved it, but nobody would do it. So we went back and reworked the price a little bit and decided we were gonna take it out again, and right before we did that this demand to do a Kickstarter came up and then we said, ‘Okay fuck it, we’ll wait, we’ll do the Kickstarter, and then we can literally show executives the whole film. Here’s the film, you don’t have to listen to me tell you what it’s going to be, you can see what it’s going to be.’ And that’s what we did.”
“We haven’t taken it back out yet, but I can honestly say, without saying who, there has been a number of calls now—for years it didn’t happen—saying, ‘Hey we hear you have this Goon project. When can we see it? What can we see?’ Jeff and I re-recorded some V.O. for the animatic last week, we’re doing some more week after next with a very prominent movie star. We know we’ve got a really good shot here and we wanna put our best foot forward.”
While Miller will most likely be busy with Deadpool 2 in the near future, it sounds like he and Fowler are still pretty eager to get The Goon off the ground and running. Hopefully Deadpool’s success as an R movie and as Miller’s first directorial film will be just the kind of push forward that the The Goon needs to move onto their next big step towards making it a reality.