David Fincher has begun a Kickstarter project to crowdsource a story reel for The Goon. You’d think that David Fincher would be able to make anything in Hollywood following the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but apparently not The Goon. At least not without making it first (…?…)
Of course, the comic book wouldn’t make for your usual please-every-demographic fare that Hollywood seems to be so keen on producing when it comes to comic book movies nowadays, but that’s a good thing. The only way to make such a film would be to do so unapologetically, which presumably makes it difficult to find funding. The average Hollywood executive is gonna play $100,000,000 investments as safe as he can, evident from the amount of sequels and remakes you see coming out of the studios recently.
One very convincing way to pitch to a hesitant exec might be to produce a story reel in order to show what you’re aiming for, which is exactly what Fincher is suggesting on Kickstarter. He’s after $400,000 to produce his proof-of-concept to show the big boys what he has in mind.
David Fincher isn’t the first to use this method to plant the seeds for a pet project in the film world- Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich screenwriter) raised twice the $200,000 goal in September for his new animated movie Anomalisa, and Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver screenwriter) and co-creator, Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho author) raised $160,000 for The Canyons, a film starring porn star James Deen and Lindsay Lohan.
Whether or not these movies will prove to be any good remains to be seen. In the meantime it’s interesting to see someone try something new.