Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s The Boys comic put out by Dynamite, which is scheduled for a big screen release in 2011, might have a director. While it was originally reported by Collider that Samuel Bayer wanted to adapt the comic, they are now reporting that they have two sources that say that Adam McKay is in talks with Sony Pictures about directing the film.
Will this be a good move considering McKay’s previous work? Anchorman and the upcoming The Other Guys being a completely different style of film it will definitely make an interesting experiment. The Boys will definitely be a departure for him, but McKay has made it known that he has wanted to get his hands on a comic book movie for quite a while now. It is also immensely intriguing that McKay would choose such a polarizing comic book to start with. The Boys is more of a deconstruction of superheroes than a normal comics story.
Another perspective is how McKay would handle the graphic violence in this story well. Ennis’s series is one of the most graphic and violent comics out there. We saw this somewhat handled in this year’s movie Kick-Ass, but even then The Boys could turn out to be a bigger challenge. It seems that Samuel Bayer, who directed A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s remake, would have been a closer style match but he has come out saying that the studio is more interested in McKay.
What do you think about the direction of The Boys movie? Do you think it will translate at all to the big screen?
I’m really excited to see “The Boys” getting this attention. I enjoyed the comics, and always felt the series could be adapted. Be great to see Simon Pegg jump on board as Hughie ;)
But in any case, I think Adam McKay could really pull something awesome out of his hat here. There was some skepticism about David Gordon Green’s role in “Pineapple Express” since he had been considered an art house director prior to the project. But in the end I think he went from art house to fun stoner flick very naturally.
So, in some round about way I guess what I’m saying is: I like to think Adam McKay has the charisma, eye, and touch for this film, even if it’s a project not totally expected of him.
Nice article! Thanks for the update. :D
Comment by Rae — June 23, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
I find that Adam McKay would be an interesting choice, as the article says, The Boys is a lot more violent then his normal movies, I would of thought someone like Darren Lynn Bousman, Though I’ve never seen Saw, just bits and pieces, I have seen Repo! I’m not sure why, but he just seems a more fitting choice.
Either way, I’ll be interested to see how it is adapted, I just hope they don’t do a “Wanted” and change the story too much, as The Boys is brilliant =D and so should be kept so
Comment by Aeme — June 23, 2010 @ 9:51 pm