Being a renowned filmmaker is not nearly enough to guarantee financing, this has been a fact of life in Hollywood for decades. David Fincher was nominated eight times for an Oscar in 2011 for “The Social Network” but this hasn’t given him carte blanche as demonstrated by his latest project, entitled “The Goon.” Fincher had been trying to raise funds for two years in order to adapt Eric Powell’s comic book about zombies. A trailer was produced and published online in 2010, but try as you might, Hollywood majors will still think twice before opening their wallet.
As a result the director decided to use crowd-fund the project via social fundraising platform Kickstarter. His goal? To raise $ 400,000 within thirty days (the campaign was launched two days ago). The trailer was well-received and some good word-of-mouth was achieved at Comic Con. Remains to be seen whether Fincher will reach his fundraising objective.
Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown are attached to the project.
Whether you’re at home, at the office or base-jumping off the Petronas Towers, you ought to stop what you’re doing and visit the Campaign page and watch the mini-featurette, starring Fincher and the folks at Blur Studio–it’s hilariously inventive. Better yet, donate.
(our money’s on the Finch, by the way)