MTV has unveiled a first look at the upcoming CGI cartoon version of The Goon, Eric Powell’s awesomely awesome comic book series about a massively-muscled thug who fights zombies, demons and other assorted nasties.
The clip is just a 30-second preview of extended animation that will be shown at this weekend’s Comic-Con Convention in San Diego. The footage, created by Blur Studios, is part of a long-gestating animated film that is being produced by David Fincher. Clancy Brown will provide the voice of The Goon while Paul Giamatti will voice Frankie, The Goon’s wife-beater wearing sidekick. A release date for the film hasn’t been announced but one might expect that news to be discussed at the film’s Comic-Con panel Friday evening. Immediately following the panel, MTV will post the complete Comic-Con footage online.
The Buzz: The Goon, while not one of the most well-known comic book properties to be turned into a movie, is probably one of the best. Primarily written and illustrated by Eric Powell, the ongoing series is a sure-fire way to find laughter and joy as Powell’s bruiser character pounds the snot out of all manners of supernatural villains.
Not much is known about the film at this time — or even if much of it has actually been produced or if this footage is just test animation done to whip up investor interest and a studio. I’d hope that the movie is closer to completion than that but the mystery surrounding the project makes me think it will be some time before we get to see The Goon on the big screen.
In the meantime, if you aren’t already a fan of the series, make sure and visit your local comic book shop and pick up a few trade paperbacks of the book — that way you can pretend to be a fan from the start and mock all those who are converted when the film is finally released.
Tags: Clancy Brown, Paul Giamatti