Over 20 years after Eric Powell‘s comic series The Goon first began, and after nearly a decade in various stages of pre-production, a feature-length animated adaptation is now actually in development. It turns out this Disney/Fox merger may be an unexpected gift to Goon fans everywhere.
There is still no official announcement, but it looks like Disney’s 20th Century Fox banner will be backing the project with Chernin Group producing. Here is the announcement we we saw from the Blur Studio rep on the team’s Kickstarter page:
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!
I have to say that the teaser trailer above still holds up very well after almost 10 years, and of course it’s got a great team behind it. This is great news. We’ll update you when we learn more.