Prior to launching Deadpool into its solo success, director Tim Miller worked for years to bring Eric Powell‘s The Goon to screens in an animated form with the voices of Clancy Brown as the Goon and Paul Giamatti as his sidekick Frankie. As Miller’s Blur Studio created credit sequences for David Fincher, he came on-board as a producer and a Kickstarter campaign was launched so Blur could create a complete test animatic of the film.
Then came silence and Deadpool.
But with Miller’s live action debut a hit, he told Collider he hopes to “use some of that light to shine it on Goon” and finally get the movie made.
“Deadpool proves it, in a big way, that there is a market for this stuff out there,” he added. “Goon is very much an action [piece]—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.”
From the beginning, Miller and his team knew The Goon was a hard sell as the material is not exactly family friendly, but he said he has already taken calls with parties interested in the project. Perhaps, at long last, the masses will hear Frankie shout “Knife to the eye!”