EW Confirms That Adam McKay is in Talks to Direct The Boys

June 21, 2010

The Boys / Adam McKay

Although he didn't get that Anchorman sequel, there's still another project on the horizon. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that director Adam McKay is now in talks to helm the "extremely violent" comic book movie The Boys, based on Garth Ennis' series. This was actually first reported by Film School Rejects last month, but we have been waiting for official confirmation, just because it seems a little crazy. McKay is the director of Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. He is talented, but seems like an odd fit for an violent superhero movie, but maybe he'll show us that he can do more than comedy.

EW says that "sources close to the project are confirming" the news after Collider brought it up again over the weekend. McKay may indeed be in talks, but he's not signed, so don't take this as full confirmation yet, but it's likely to happen. A couple of months ago, producer Neal Moritz explained: "We're not in a hurry to do it. We want to do it right and we got a really good faithful to the comic book script that [Matt] Manfredi and [Phil] Hay wrote… And we love what they've done with the script." But Collider says McKay was close to signing on and he's the one who talked to Moritz, so I trust he knows when something is about to happen.

The Boys, created by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson, follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as "the boys", whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them. It's an extremely violent and even sometimes very sexual comic that, while loved by many comic book fans, is a bit too harsh to see as the typical PG-13 Hollywood comic book adaptation. Which is why I'm a bit skeptical about McKay directing this, but I'm hoping he has a few tricks up his sleeves and/or may be planning to go R-rated with this. We'll keep you updated on anything else we hear about this. Thoughts?

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  • In one comic the boys have to go put their balls on their step brother's drum set. HE"S PERFECT
  • Professor Brian O'Blivion
    This comic I have been reading since issue 6 I think, and it is amazing. McKay might work because their is a good deal of dark humor in the book, we'll have to see how he does.
  • Colt
    Hopefully he does it justice because THE BOYS is a hell of an amazing comic.
  • harm
    HUH?? The guy who directed anchorman directing THE BOYS?!? I just don't see it. Thats just bizarre. No it'd be like getting Kevin Smith. Love the guy, but can't direct action to save his life. HELL NO!
  • Mike
    I used to read this comic and I think if they don't have Simon Pegg play Hughie in this movie there is no chance i'm watching it. People who know this comic know what I am talking about.
  • Heckle0
    this had better be RATED R. If they PG13 this they will fuck it up. I agree with Mike that Pegg has to play Hughie.
  • Forget It
    Said it once, I'll say it again. If you are going to do Garth Ennis you have to do Preacher first.
  • I agree with 7, been waiting for Preacher forever. This does sound good though...




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