Eric Powell, creator of the Dark Horse comic book series The Goon, announced on his website (www.thegoon.com) that the property has been optioned by filmmaker David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club, Se7en) and Oscar-nominated animation shop Blur Studios. Dark Horse Ent. is on board to help develop a CG-animated feature based on the darkly comedic stories with elements of the paranormal.
The Goon chronicles the adventures of a muscle-bound brawler who claims to be the primary enforcer for the feared mobster Labrazio. He and his sidekick, Franky, get tangled up in various plots, often involving evil zombie gangs under the command of the Nameless Zombie Priest. Powell created the series in 1999 and had it picked up by Dark Horse in 2003. The cult hit has since won three coveted Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Fincher has his sights set on producing the animated feature. He is also spearheading a new animated film based on the comics magazine Heavy Metal. Blur Studios’ Tim Miller is one of the directors lined up to helm one of nine segments in the production. Miller directed the Oscar-nominated Blur short film Gopher Broke, which is being developed as a full-length feature. The Blur short Rockfish is also getting the feature treatment with actor Vin Diesel’s One Race Films.
The Goon is similar in tone to Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic series Hellboy, which is back on the big screen next week with director Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a Universal release. Universal may end up getting The Goon as well under its first-look deal with Dark Horse. Fincher is putting final touches on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt.