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Way before Deadpool hit theaters and became an insane box office hit, director Tim Miller had another project in the works, one that unfortunately never took off. It was The Goon, a PG-13 animated adaptation of the popular graphic novel about a hero who faces all sorts of supernatural foes. Now, given the success of his live action comic book adaptation, Miller is hopeful that he'll get the chance to make the film.
In a chat with Collider, Miller spoke about the renewed interest in The Goon, all due to the fact that Deadpool has done so well. He said:
We haven’t taken it back out yet, but I can honestly say, without saying who, there has been a number of calls now—for years it didn’t happen—saying, ‘Hey we hear you have this Goon project. When can we see it? What can we see?’ Jeff and I re-recorded some V.O. for the animatic last week, we’re doing some more week after next with a very prominent movie star. We know we’ve got a really good shot here and we wanna put our best foot forward.
Back in 2012 Miller was slated to direct the film alongside Jeff Fowler. The project even had David Fincher attached to produce. While it never fully took off, Miller and Fowler did create a proof-of-concept trailer to show their belief in the project. They even got Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti to lend their voices.
While the prospects of a PG-13 animated film were probably pretty impossible back in 2012, given the surprising success of Deadpool, a rarity in that it was an R-rated comic book adaptation, it's probably not as easy for people to dismiss The Goon today. Until we hear more, we can be assured that Miller is pretty busy considering he's expected to direct the next Deadpool film, which is already slated for a 2017 release.