The Goon Is Dead, RIP The Goon

For a time there was talk of an animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s campy zombie-noir comic series “The Goon”. David Fincher was going to direct, and Clancy “The Kurgan” Brown and Paul Giamatti even lent their voices to the characters Goon and Frankie for a teaser trailer a while back. The clip looked like a fun, faithful take on Powell’s work, which means it looked like metric ton of badass fun. But there hasn’t been anything in the way of news since. Apparently this is because “The Goon” is dead. This news comes hot on the heels of the confirmed demise of the long-rumored “ElfQuest” movie.

IFC cornered Giamatti at Sundance and asked him about “The Goon”. He said, “I have no idea what the hell happened…I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money.”

This is unfortunate news for fans of Powell’s comic, especially since the people handling the adaptation have an obvious affection and affinity for the source material. Brown and Giamatti are perfect for the voices of the two main characters, that’s how I always imagined them sounding in my head. Maybe “The Goon” isn’t dead dead, like forever dead, but nothing is going to happen anytime soon.

For those of you who don’t know, “The Goon” follows the exploits of the Goon, the crime boss of Lonely Street, and his wise-ass sidekick Frankie. It is a stylized world, patterned after classic gangster tales, only this place is infested with zombies. There are also giant rampaging robots, poo-smearing simpletons, evil priests, gooey squid monsters, and all manner of madness. Basically they are insane, hilarious, and profane. At the same time, however, they have some of the most moving stories in comics right now. Who expected a comic about a hobo-eating monster could also make you tear up on occasion? Powell hides his heart well, letting it sneak up on you unexpected.

I suggest you go out and buy all of “The Goon” trades. You won’t be disappointed.

Below is the trailer for “The Goon” so you can see what we’re missing.

Via : IFC