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Adam McKay officially in talks to direct The Boys

06.22.2010

Back in April we reported the rumor that Sony Pictures wanted Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS) to direct an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series "The Boys." We only knew this though because NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET director Samuel Bayer wanted to direct it himself but Sony was waiting patiently for McKay's answer. As it turns out that answer is yes. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that McKay is officially in talks with Sony to make THE BOYS his next film.

THE BOYS was created by Ennis in 2006 and was canceled with only six issues in the bag. Luckily another company picked up the rights and the series continued throughout the years. The plot takes place in a world where superheroes exist and a covert CIA agency is created to keep them in check.

Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay were originally hired to write a draft of the script for the studio but I'd expect that if McKay were to sign on, he'd go through and do a rewrite of the project (possibly with frequent collaborator and OTHER GUYS co-writer Chris Henchy).

Extra Tidbit: Assuming Will Ferrell doesn't star (which seems likely) it will be McKay's first film without the actor.
Source: EW.com

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11:03PM on 06/22/2010
The source material sounds and looks bad ass which calls for a hard ass director.
The source material sounds and looks bad ass which calls for a hard ass director.
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7:39PM on 06/22/2010

yeah...

i'm not a big fan of the book.
also tend to be a fan of Ennis but this book just never hit the mark for me.
and i gave it two or three trades.
but if they can make a good movie then i'm all for it.
i'm not a big fan of the book.
also tend to be a fan of Ennis but this book just never hit the mark for me.
and i gave it two or three trades.
but if they can make a good movie then i'm all for it.
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7:16PM on 06/22/2010
I read the first book and was unimpressed. I think I'll sit this one out.
I read the first book and was unimpressed. I think I'll sit this one out.
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6:06PM on 06/22/2010
I LOVE Garth Ennis, but The Boys never really did it for me.
I LOVE Garth Ennis, but The Boys never really did it for me.
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4:20PM on 06/22/2010
I'm all for a Boys movie, but only if 1. Simon Pegg plays Hughie. and 2. is must be nothing less than an NC17 rating. Otherwise it just won't work as a movie.
I'm all for a Boys movie, but only if 1. Simon Pegg plays Hughie. and 2. is must be nothing less than an NC17 rating. Otherwise it just won't work as a movie.
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3:52PM on 06/22/2010
First off, Ennis AND Darick Robertson created The Boys. Give credit where credit is due.

Second, McKay?!? Seriously?!? You're going to put a comedy director on an action property? That's like putting a one-time animation director on a pseudo western (Hex, for those in the know). Nothing good will come of it.
First off, Ennis AND Darick Robertson created The Boys. Give credit where credit is due.

Second, McKay?!? Seriously?!? You're going to put a comedy director on an action property? That's like putting a one-time animation director on a pseudo western (Hex, for those in the know). Nothing good will come of it.
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3:22PM on 06/22/2010
I know nothing about this comic, but just that plot alone sounds like such a radical change from what McKay usually does. This could actually turn out good if McKay handles it properly. Comedic actors turn to drama and end up being pretty good at it so why try the same with a comedic director? I can understand the man wanting to get away from his usual stuff.

Also what would be so wrong with Ferrel being in this film? Stranger Than Fiction was amazing and showed that Ferrel can definitely
I know nothing about this comic, but just that plot alone sounds like such a radical change from what McKay usually does. This could actually turn out good if McKay handles it properly. Comedic actors turn to drama and end up being pretty good at it so why try the same with a comedic director? I can understand the man wanting to get away from his usual stuff.

Also what would be so wrong with Ferrel being in this film? Stranger Than Fiction was amazing and showed that Ferrel can definitely handle drama.
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2:00PM on 06/22/2010
I don't care for McKay's films all that much, but given as how this would be (supposedly) a lot more serious than his typical trite crap, I'm willing to wait and see.
I don't care for McKay's films all that much, but given as how this would be (supposedly) a lot more serious than his typical trite crap, I'm willing to wait and see.
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1:46PM on 06/22/2010
No Pegg no dice.
No Pegg no dice.
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12:12PM on 06/22/2010
I really don't see this working. "The Boys" is just ... it's too Ennis for Hollywood. I smell sanitization.
I really don't see this working. "The Boys" is just ... it's too Ennis for Hollywood. I smell sanitization.
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11:59AM on 06/22/2010

yeahbuwhahuh?

I like Adam Mckay, and I like The Boys. Why am i not impressed by this? Probably because a movie based on The Boys will suck, especially if handled by a comedy director. The Boys, although I enjoy it, has little going for it besides being ultra violent and the occassional one liner or dog humping joke. It's not great and even in the most capable hands wouldn't be a good movie unless the adaptation was very different from the comic. On second thought that might not be that bad.
I like Adam Mckay, and I like The Boys. Why am i not impressed by this? Probably because a movie based on The Boys will suck, especially if handled by a comedy director. The Boys, although I enjoy it, has little going for it besides being ultra violent and the occassional one liner or dog humping joke. It's not great and even in the most capable hands wouldn't be a good movie unless the adaptation was very different from the comic. On second thought that might not be that bad.
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11:28AM on 06/22/2010

Lamplighter

Lamplighter, is only in the book for a few pages basiclly kept in a room sitting in his own poop. I can see franco as Homelander and Elisabeth Banks as Starlight and lets get Christina Applegate as Queen Maeve, Empress of the Otherworld
Lamplighter, is only in the book for a few pages basiclly kept in a room sitting in his own poop. I can see franco as Homelander and Elisabeth Banks as Starlight and lets get Christina Applegate as Queen Maeve, Empress of the Otherworld
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10:43AM on 06/22/2010
This sounds great and glad McKay is directing. Reminds me of Watchmen a little bit. Imagine the cast have Ferrell, Rudd, Carell, David K, and Pegg in it? It'd be awesome. Good call for someone mentioning that Jon Hamm have a role in this. He's a great actor who needs to branch out into more movies.
This sounds great and glad McKay is directing. Reminds me of Watchmen a little bit. Imagine the cast have Ferrell, Rudd, Carell, David K, and Pegg in it? It'd be awesome. Good call for someone mentioning that Jon Hamm have a role in this. He's a great actor who needs to branch out into more movies.
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7:11PM on 06/22/2010
you missed the point of this series didn't you
you missed the point of this series didn't you
10:13AM on 06/22/2010

Needs Simon Pegg

Only way this would work is if Simon Pegg was in it playing the character whos looks are based on his.

Ferrell could easily be Lamplighter, just as a cameo though.
Only way this would work is if Simon Pegg was in it playing the character whos looks are based on his.

Ferrell could easily be Lamplighter, just as a cameo though.
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10:07AM on 06/22/2010

Ferell

I can see Ferrell at least playing one of the supes. Like lamplighter a green lantern allagory, who has been beaten retarted
I can see Ferrell at least playing one of the supes. Like lamplighter a green lantern allagory, who has been beaten retarted
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10:03AM on 06/22/2010
wow. is this a comedy? Either way, nice to see Mckay branching out.
wow. is this a comedy? Either way, nice to see Mckay branching out.
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9:46AM on 06/22/2010
if Simon Pegg isnt Hughie then count me out. Also if he hit the gym a bit i think John Hamm could make a good Butcher
if Simon Pegg isnt Hughie then count me out. Also if he hit the gym a bit i think John Hamm could make a good Butcher
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9:28AM on 06/22/2010
Simon Pegg HAS to play Hughie.
Simon Pegg HAS to play Hughie.
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9:23AM on 06/22/2010

will ferrell

he will at least have a cameo.
he will at least have a cameo.
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