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