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What’s the status of the animated feature based on Eric Powell’s comic book The Goon? It seems like such a simple question, but the answer apparently is somewhat complicated.
On one hand, you have actor Paul Giamatti, cast as the voice of The Goon’s pal Franky in the David Fincher-produced CG-animated flick, telling IFC he hasn’t heard anything new about the status and, therefore, presumes it’s dead in the water. “I have no idea what the hell happened,” he said. “I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money.”
Seems pretty cut and dry, right? Well, Powell, who also wrote the screeplay, doesn’t think so.
In a pair of tweets, Powell said, “Last I spoke with Fincher & Blur [Studios], they were gearing up for more meetings to try to find financing for the film. It’s not dead until Fincher & Blur come to me & say they are done.”
At the very it least, it’s got to be good for The Goon fans to learn that the adaptation isn’t completely dead. However, if one of the lead voice actors can’t get any information on what’s going on, that doesn’t seem like a great sign.
UPDATE (11:30 a.m. PST): Powell has expanded on his comments, writing on his blog, “David Fincher and Blur still have the option for the Goon film and are still actively looking for funding”:
Recently some sites have been saying the Goon film has been nixed based on comments from Paul Giamatti saying he didn’t know where the film was at and we must have ran out of money. Let me assure you we have not run out of money… because we never had any money to run out of.
It’s been a while since anyone spoke to Giamatti about the project and I guess he wasn’t kept in the loop as to what was going on. So zip up your fly, Internet. The Goon is in the exact same position it’s been in for the past couple of years. Prepping the design and script while searching for funding.