Along with Blur Studio, “Goon” creator Eric Powell and publisher Dark Horse Entertainment, Fincher has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to further develop the feature version of the popular comics he optioned a few years ago. While the filmmakers already have a screenplay from Powell, the “proof of concept” reel they put together to sell the studios on the project has yet to convince anyone to make it at that level, which, given Fincher’s big-budget approaches to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” likely involves a sizable budget. This even though Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown had done the test voice work.
But given the edge in Powell’s comics and the untested nature of directors Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler, this Fincher-produced animated film is hardly a slam-dunk. So after footing the bill out of pocket thus far, the filmmakers are looking to raise $400,000 to create a feature-length story reel, though their approach seems designed to keep the studio suits at bay: “Help us make a NEW KIND of animated film... one that's LOUD, VIOLENT and OFFENSIVE TO YOUR GRANDMA.”
Which begs the question: Why not go all the way with it and produce the entire movie independently? Raise money for marketing and distribution, too? Someone of Fincher’s stature surely could convince pre-existing fans and potential moviegoers that this proposed slice of entertainment is original and exciting enough to justify their pre-emptive investment.
What if Christopher Nolan put out word on Indiegogo that he was thinking of making another “Inception”-style movie, and he made available some storyboards, a plotline and a few possible casting choices? How many global film fans would back that because it’s a movie they’d like to see? It’s an experiment I’d love to see Fincher or Nolan or even Paul Thomas Anderson or Woody Allen try outside of normal channels, direct to consumer, direct to film lover.
What do you think?
You can watch the “Goon” introductory Kickstarter videos here.