More exciting news out of Comic-Con for animation lovers and horror comics fans: Blur Studio founder and filmmaker Tim Miller (Love, Death + Robots, Deadpool) announced during a panel that the animation/VFX shop’s long-gestating feature adaptation of The Goon has found a home at Netflix.
He also revealed that Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Feast; Pearl; Love, Death + Robots – Three Robots: Exit Strategies) will direct the pic. Osborne has been working on the script with comics creator Eric Powell.
Based on Powell’s multi-Eisner-Award-winning comic-book series, the film had previously been in development with 20th Century Fox, but was dropped following the acquisition and merger with Disney.
The Goon CGI feature was originally announced in 2008, to be produced by Miller’s LDR co-execuctive producer David Fincher (director: Mank, Fight Club, Se7en), with Clancy Brown (SpongeBob SquarePants, Tales of Arcadia, DCAU’s Lex Luthor) and Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Sideways, White Fang) attached to voice The Goon and Franky.
Published by Dark Horse Comics from 2003, The Goon originally debuted through Avatar Press 1999, with Powell’s own Albatross Funnybooks launching a new series in 2019. The story follows a hulking orphan raised by his aunt, a carnival strongwoman. When a gangster guns down his guardian, The Goon starts running the show — violently working his way through a horror-comedy crime caper full of undead, spectral, mutated and mob-affiliated foes.
The news was also shared in an updated posted to the project’s Kickstarter campaign page, which raised $400,000 to finance a story reel for The Goon back in 2012:
Hey there Goon Fans.
We know it’s been a looooong time between updates and we apologise. We suck. BUT FINALLY… we’ve got some news. As you read in the last update we had a set back with the Disney / Fox merger… but since then we’ve never stopped trying to move the Goon forward on other avenues. And one of those has finally led us to….
It’s a great place for adult animation and we have long enjoyed a terrific relationship them because of LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS. They’re excellent people who love animation and we’re excited the Goon has found a home there.
ALSO, I’m personally THRILLED to introduce myself, Patrick Osborne, as the newest member of the Goon Movie team and the new captain at the helm! Working with team at Blur on Love Death and Robots directing Exit Strategies was a joy, and I can’t wait to work with Tim, Jeff, and Eric to make something special. I’ve loved the The Goon for a long time. There is no series of comics out there like it and I can’t wait to make it an equally singular film. Eric and I have already started digging in. We’re laser focused on shaping the script into something great – true to the comics – something like no one’s ever seen on screen before.
Seriously… thank you all for keeping the faith. We hope to have more info soon, but until then — KNIFE TO THE EYE!
Patrick and BLUR
You can check out the 2012 proof of concept trailer here.