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The Goon movie Kickstarter campaign launches

Three months after teasing he would give in to pressure and use Kickstarter to help fund the stalled CG-animated adaptation of his comic, The Goon creator Eric Powell launched the campaign this morning. Although the film’s budget has been pegged at $45 million, the drive’s goal is $400,000 to pay for a feature-length story reel to shop around to studios.

Billed as an effort by Powell, producer David Fincher, Blur Studio and Dark Horse Entertainment, the campaign asks fans to “Help us make a NEW KIND of animated film … one that’s LOUD, VIOLENT and OFFENSIVE TO YOUR GRANDMA.”

Announced in 2008, the animated movie has been slow moving as the producers searched for financial backers. “The Goon is in the exact same position it’s been in for the past couple of years,” Powell said in January. “Prepping the design and script while searching for funding.” About a year ago, the cartoonist shared well-received test footage that featured the voice talents of Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, who are set to return for the story reel and the eventual feature.

The Kickstarter page clarifies that while fans have seen that footage, trailers and artwork from The Goon, the project has never been in production; all of that material was paid for by Fincher, Powell, Blur and Dark Horse: “We created ‘proof of concept’ footage to show Hollywood the incredible potential of a Goon movie. It was very well received BUT because this movie isn’t a sequel or filled with dancing animals we’ll need more to bust open the gates and UNLEASH Goon and Franky on Hollywood. And by the freakishly barbarian strength of Aunt Kizzie, we’ll find a way to succeed!”

Kickstarter incentives range from access to the movie’s production blog and a limited-edition poster to original Goon character art and a private screening of the story reel with Powell and the filmmakers. The campaign ends Nov. 11.

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nice for the goon is too good a character to not be on the big screen. for its way past time for something new like the goon. hope he succeeds

The best way for it to succeed is to go ahead and help the kickstart process. It would be awesome to see a well-made and well-animated Goon movie, that’s for sure.

Sorry, but in my opinion, these KS rewards are absolutely worthless and nowhere near the actual cost to produce the items or their value as collectibles — unlike your typical KS drive. Plus, if the film doesn’t get made, you own a piece of absolutely nothing.

If these guys can’t sell this flick off of what they already have in addition to their already made comic books, this ain’t gonna make it any more appetizing to studios in a pitch, because films get green-lighted all the time with far, far less than what Powell’s already got. Granted, I do like the Goon but it, like Hellboy, after the first handful of volumes, became pretty much a decompressed, one-trick pony.

The studio behind Ghost in the Shell also has a Kickstarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/production-ig/masaaki-yuasas-kick-heart

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