About this project
CONGRATULATIONS GOON BACKERS... WE F#%KING MADE IT!!!!!!
Frankly, we don't have the words to describe our APPRECIATION, Goon Fans... we NEVER could have imagined how much SUPPORT we'd receive from this fan community. It's truly been OVERWHELMING. Through your time, energy, dedication, and donations, you've given us an AMAZING opportunity to help keep "The Goon" Movie dream alive.
On behalf of Eric Powell, David Fincher, Blur Studio, and Dark Horse Entertainment,
Info on STRETCH GOALS coming soon!!!!!! We'll be in touch!!!!!!!!!! (and stay tuned for the final two entries of Goon Film Art!!!!!!)
GOON FANS of the world, grab your beat sticks and chug some hooch... it's time to take on Hollywood!
That's right, this is your chance to help bring
everyone's favorite zombie smasher to the big screen! For over 12 years, Eric Powell's comic book "The Goon" has thrilled readers around the globe with its fantastic world of mobsters, zombies, killer robots, giant fish-men, and every outrageous thing in between. The time has come to bring this great comic to theaters!
You might be asking yourself, "I've seen footage of The Goon animated film online... why do they need money? Isn't it already being made?"
The answer to that question is NO. The Goon Film has NEVER been in production. All the work you've seen (animation footage, trailers, artwork, etc.) has been produced independently and out-of-pocket by the creative team of David Fincher, Eric Powell, Blur Studio and Dark Horse Entertainment. 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!
This is where YOU come in.
The next step of our plan is to begin the filmmaking process by producing a feature length STORY REEL based on Eric Powell's amazing script. (a story reel is a rough edit of storyboards combined with music and sound effects) This will give Hollywood a complete look at the Goon film's potential... from his early life in the carnival to busting heads in the mysterious town with no name. We all know the Goon's incredible story, the over-the-top action, hilarious comedy and genuine heart, but now it's time for Hollywood to experience it as well.
Help us make a NEW KIND of animated film... one that's LOUD, VIOLENT and OFFENSIVE TO YOUR GRANDMA.
Your donations will directly FUND "The Goon" movie STORY REEL. (including vocal performances by Oscar® Nominee Paul Giamatti as "Franky" and Clancy Brown as "The Goon")
Unfortunately, we can't send out COPIES of the finished story reel due to damaging effects on the film's PITCH CAMPAIGN.
But what we CAN do is host a MASSIVE F#%KING SCREENING NIGHT of the FINISHED STORY REEL and INVITE ALL OUR BACKERS!!!!!!!!! AND it'll be HOSTED BY ERIC POWELL!!!!!!!!
For our KICKSTARTER, we've designed a special series of incentives for Goon fans of every donation level... from blog access, t-shirts, limited edition posters and original artwork to high-powered fondue parties at David Fincher's Hollywood mansion. (that's a joke, David lives in a top secret Dick Cheney-like subterranean lair) But we ARE offering a day at Blur Studio where'll you'll get an ALL-ACCESS TOUR and MEET the filmmakers... along with a special SCREENING of the finished story reel!
WHO WE AREBLUR STUDIO is a highly-motivated team of Oscar®-nominated artists located in Venice, CA who've created stunning, story-driven computer-generated work in feature films, commercials, and game cinematics for almost two decades.
Staffed by over a hundred diehard comic fans, we quickly acknowledged the unique vision of "The Goon" and entered a partnership with creator Eric Powell, David Fincher (critically-acclaimed director of Seven, Fight Club, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Dark Horse Entertainment to bring this great world to theaters.
At Comic-Con 2010, we unveiled our first "proof of concept" trailer, showing fans a slice of what a Goon Film could look like...
DAVID FINCHER ON DISCOVERING "THE GOON"
"I admit it—I came to this party late. Chinatown, and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker was—regrettably—my introduction to The Goon and the incredible world created by Eric Powell. I thank Tim Miller—who snapped me out of my Goonless existence when I was looking for material to possibly make into an animated feature, and he suggested I peruse a copy he had (suspiciously) nearby. Of course I marveled at the characters and was smitten with the mise-en-scene, but it was the language—that uncategorizable: Dead End Kids Meets Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummies—that unlikely Powellian patois that absolutely hooked me. If this is your first time, you are in for a treat—if not, you already know how lucky you are."
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR REWARDS!!!
(see side listing for full details)
$10 DONATION LEVEL - New to the world of "The Goon"? This donation is for you! Help support our cause and receive a digital bundle of Eric Powell's FIVE FAVORITE ISSUES of "The Goon" comic book! And not only that, the collection also features a SPECIAL EDITION GOON KICKSTARTER COVER unavailable anywhere else!
$25 DONATION LEVEL - You'll receive access to the GOON FILM PRODUCTION BLOG... a rare insider's look at the filmmaking process including PHOTOS, VIDEO CLIPS and ARTWORK of the Goon film as it comes to life!
$50 DONATION LEVEL - A digital (PDF) copy of the official GOON PITCH BOOK! Over THIRTY PAGES of COMIC ART, CHARACTER BIOS, and NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PRODUCTION ARTWORK!!!
$75 DONATION LEVEL - WEAR your GOON SUPPORT with pride with this special GOON KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT! Great for absorbing BLOOD or BOOZE STAINS!!!
$100 DONATION LEVEL - You asked for it... we added it! You'll get YOUR CHOICE of any ONE of our "TWELVE DAYS OF GOON FILM ART" as an 11"x17" COLOR PRINT! All OPTIONS will be displayed on the MAIN PAGE of our Kickstarter! (you'll get to make your selection after successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign!)
$150 DONATION LEVEL - LIMITED EDITION 'KICKSTARTER' GOON MOVIE POSTER... SIGNED BY ERIC POWELL, DAVID FINCHER, AND THE BLUR FILMMAKERS! Available ONLY to our donors!!!
$250 DONATION LEVEL - COMBO DEAL! Get BOTH the ORIGINAL 'COMIC-CON' POSTER and LIMITED EDITION 'KICKSTARTER' POSTER! DOUBLE your BEATINGS with DOUBLE THE GOON! BOTH SIGNED BY ERIC POWELL, DAVID FINCHER, AND THE BLUR FILMMAKERS!!!
$300 DONATION LEVEL - What BETTER way to celebrate our "Twelve Days of Goon Film Art" than with 11"x17" COLOR PRINTS of the ENTIRE COLLECTION!!! It's the ULTIMATE GOON MOVIE ART COLLECTION!!! (not included with preceding awards of $500 or above... you guys are ALREADY getting copies of these with the Goon Movie Print Pitch Book!!!)
$1000 DONATION LEVEL - HERE'S a COLLECTIBLE you won't find anywhere else... everyone's favorite gorilla-shaped mob enforcer IMMORTALIZED in a LIMITED RUN FAUX-BRONZE SCULPTURE standing over eight inches tall! Zombies at your door? Also makes a great BLUDGEONING WEAPON!!!
$2000 DONATION LEVEL - Doesn't get any BETTER than this, Goon Fans, you'll receive a piece of ORIGINAL ART by ERIC POWELL himself! Even better... it'll be a CHARACTER of YOUR CHOOSING!!! (PEACHES VALENTINE with a DIRTY DIAPER? YOU GOT IT!!!)
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is simply to create a great story for a film people want to see. Being funny is hard work and sometimes the jokes don't come on schedule. At the big studios they work on reels like this for YEARS--and we know making it great will be a monumental task.
And it takes the right people to achieve greatness--we'll need to identify the best people and add to our team to make this film"blueprint" amazing. There's a lot of talented folks out there but finding the ones that share a passion for the unique world and characters in the Goon is key--it will take time and diligence.
Lastly on the rewards: we will update the production blog as diligently as possible but bear with us with any delays between posting. We want to focus our main efforts on making the storyreel and will update the blog when we can. As for those who pledge enough for the original drawings from Eric--please allow some time to get those done. Eric's got a busy schedule getting the comic itself out to readers.
Thanks for the support and thanks in advance for putting up with any delays we may encounter in delivery. Blur has done a lot of creative work over the years but we've never done anything quite like this before--including the whole rewards thing and it will be a new challenge for us--but we're looking forward to it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I think I'd ask that question myself if I didn't work in this crazy industry and have some small inkling of how shit gets made.
First of all Fincher and Blur have spent over half a million of our own money already trying to get THE GOON off the ground in the "traditional way". High quality CGI animation, talent, script, option, development art ect. are not cheap at feature film level. So far that's ALL have been out of our pockets and so far that hasn't worked--lots of interest, lots of meetings but no film.
Could we put more of our own money--of course we could (and will). Would that alone be enough to convince a studio? I doubt it-- because it hasn't worked so far.
But engaging the fans, getting the backing of the community and seeing a groundswell of support DOES have an effect on how viable the project looks to Hollywood and MIGHT get the full film funded. They'll see there's a fanbase willing to show support in a very concrete way.
Hollywood is FILLED with the "Vanity Projects" of successful movie stars and producers. It really is NOT as easy to get a film made no matter WHO you are. The more momentum we can build the better our opportunity of making it through the clutter of the competition and we believe giving the FANS a VOICE in the process will be a HUGE help.
We certainly understand how some folks might view it that way--especially when there are plenty of Kickstarter projects asking for a few thousand bucks and making whole films with it.
But we plan to make a Goon film that can compete with PIXAR quality animated films and--unfortunately--that kind of polish takes time and money. It takes the best artists--who are not going to work for free or come cheap--and it takes a fair amount of infrastructure to manage the process. Top quality animated films spend MILLIONS on developing the story reel and though we we plan to be incredibly efficient--it's still an expensive proposition.
And Blur/Fincher will no doubt still be kicking in even more money to get it finished. This may be OUR dream project but others won't work for free. This isn't just slapping some drawings together, it's working and re-working the story. And remember it has to be AMAZING--if it looks like shit or half-baked no studio is going to give us 35M to finish the film.
And lastly don't forget taxes, amazon fees and the cost of making/shipping the prizes. All take away cash from what we can spend on the storyreel itself. Not griping about that--just saying it needs to be factored in.
That is an excellent question. The answer is that we believe having the whole film online would cause serious issues with any studio who wants to back the project. Less incentive to see the final film and jokes get stale with repeated viewing.
We also still believe in having the audience NOT know the whole story of the film when the sit down in the theatre--I'm not a fan of trailers giving away the whole story and seeing the reel would give away EVERYTHING. If you're a fan of the comic you'll have an inside line but for the 99% of the audience who've never read the comic this should be a surprise.
BUT... it's a great point and we need to explore it. Perhaps there is a way to show parts of the story reel or perhaps the opening act. We're going to work out some kind of strategy for that and then update folks.
We're also looking into what would be involved in doing a digital download of the whole film after it's theatrical run. Quite honestly we simply don't know and it's a difficult question to answer with all the various legal permutations of a studio deal. We don't want to promise something we can't deliver and we're trying to get more information.
We've been trying for years to get this film made--story meetings, developing the script, doing animation tests, studio pitch meetings, development art, etc. etc. And we haven't gotten the job done.
During that time KICKSTARTER came on the scene in a big way and the hardcore fans of the Goon began petitioning Eric for years to let them help through a Kickstarter campaign.
Honestly we were dubious--first of all we need 35M to make the film at the level we want to make it and it deserves--and that kind of funding isn't what Kickstarter is structured for. But fans kept asking Eric.... and Eric kept asking us.... and we kept failing to get the job done through traditional channels.
Finally we came up with--we hope--a way that we can create something that will move the ball forward and do it at a cost that falls within the realm of what we could reasonably ask the fans for via Kickstarter. We know it would be GREAT if it was the finished film, but it's just not possible, but we believe this can really move the needle.
Not just having something that we can sit studio execs in front of to watch, but also a grand gesture of support for the fans for the project. Hollywood feels warm and fuzzy when they KNOW there's an audience for material--this will help prove that.
We should be so lucky! But if we were we would continue development:
More production Design: We've only begun to scratch the surface on all the development art and production design. We would continue to flesh out the design of the characters and the world.
3d Animatic: We'd transition the storyreel into a full 3D animatic--basically making a version of the film with simplified 3d assets that further informs the timing, the camera work and the animation. Creating a 3d animated film is a process which hopefully makes the film clearer at every step.
Animation tests: We'd love to do more examples of what the finished film will look like. The tests we did were designed to show the relationship between Goon and Frankie--what we think is the heart of the film. But we would LOVE to do a more action-centric piece, something with a little good old-fashioned knuckle busting zombie action.
Before GLADIATOR finally got made every studio turned the project down--some more than once. But they believed in the project, kept trying and EVENTUALLY someone saw the potential and took the risk of doing something different. (different because "Sword and Sandal" movies were long out of favor in Hollywood)
If we believed it was impossible neither blur nor Fincher would be wasting time on this film OR asking for fans to help us. We believe it can be done--it's just very, very hard.
And if we DO get our chance to make this film Fincher is the key to not letting it be ruined by the USUAL bullshit that leads to bad films. He is a man who knows how to protect his vision--and ours in this case--so that the creative isn't compromised by the commercial.
We're not interested in making the usual drek--hence our previous efforts to get this made, hence our current efforts and---win or lose here on Kickstarter--our future efforts; we will keep trying. There is no quit on this team.