Until Deadpool, there seemed to be little to no market for R-rated comic book adaptations on the big screen. But now that the Merc with a Mouth has mercilessly smashed every box office record out there, it looks like studios are reconsidering their notion of what does and doesn't work with today's audiences, much to the delight of Deadpool director Tim Miller.
It's not the job security provided by Deadpool 2 that's making him happy, though, but the possibility to bring back a little passion project of his that's been waiting for years in the shadows: The Goon.
The Animated Version Of 'The Goon' Has Been Waiting Since 2012
In 2012, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund a movie adaptation of the comic book The Goon, with Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller on board as co-directors, who worked together on the Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke. And it was none other than David Fincher who attached himself to the project as a producer.
But even though the fundraising campaign reached its goal, the movie never took off. The story reel wasn't enough to convince studios, and no one really wanted to place any bets on an animated movie aimed at an adult audience — "one that's loud, violent and offensive to your grandma," as the Kickstarter page so well puts it.
Could 'The Goon' Benefit From 'Deadpool's' Success?
In a recent interview with Collider, Tim Miller opened up about the project, admitting that he felt bad for the Kickstarter backers who still didn't get to see the movie, but expressing his confidence in the project's future.
"If Deadpool shined any light in the direction of the studio, we wanna use some of that light to shine it on Goon. So we’ve been doing a lot of work lately, we did some voiceover last week."
To him, there are more similarities than meets the eye between the story of the antihero in a red suit and the animated zombie tale.
"Goon is very much an action — it's got a lot of heart, it's got a lot of comedy, it's got a lot of similarities to what I think was successful in 'Deadpool,' and so I think it's not a stretch to compare those two things and say the world is a little more ready than they used to be for this kind of material."
So Who Is The Goon?
The Goon is originally a comic book by Eric Powell about an orphan, named the Goon, who tries to enforce the rule of gangster Labrazio on Lonely Street. He's aided in this operation by Franky, a once-shy young man with a hat, and for good reason: the control of Lonely Street is also sought after by the Nameless Man, a.k.a. the Zombie Priest, who's controlling a whole bunch of undead creatures.
Reviewing the first three volumes, Big Comic Page wrote that "it doesn’t get much better than this" and that "The Goon has earned its place in the upper echelons with the best comic series ever."
For Miller, there's a genuine, lovable side to this comic that got him hooked, combined to the sheer awesomeness of packing in a lot of fight scenes with ugly creatures.
"It's not just a movie where monsters come out and attack people, it's not like that at all. It's got this really solid character story at the heart of it, and to me it's all about character. But the fact that we get to kill a lot of zombies…"
Is this Deadpool humor meets The Walking Dead? Judging from the proof-of-concept trailer, The Goon would indeed make for a delightful piece of animation, packing just the right amount of snarky jokes, emotional weight and down and dirty action.
Whether you just saw the trailer or read the comics, would you want the 'Goon' movie to be made?