'Goon' muscles in on big-screen toon

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Dark Horse Entertainment, David Fincher and animation house Blur Studios are teaming to bring cult comic "The Goon" to the movies as a CG-animated film.

Created by Eric Powell in 1999, the comic follows the adventures of a muscle-bound brawler who claims to be the primary enforcer for a feared mobster. The stories have a paranormal and comedic edge to them and concern ghosts, zombies, mad scientists and "skunk apes." Dark Horse has been publishing the comic since 2003.

Powell, who broke the news Wednesday on his Web site, would write the screenplay for "Goon," and Fincher would produce.

No studio is attached, and deals are being negotiated. Dark Horse, which has a first-look deal with Universal, is aiming to develop the project in-house before setting it up.

Blur is best known for its shorts, including the Academy Award-nominated "Gopher Broke," as well as its work in commercials and special effects. "Goon" would be the company's first feature.

CAA-repped Fincher is in post on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and Dark Horse has "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" opening July 11. (partialdiff)
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