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Is Adam McKay adapting Garth Ennis' The Boys?

04.26.2010

Adam McKay is a director/writer we know for goofy shit like ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS, and STEP BROTHERS. Now according to Samuel Bayer, McKay might be adapting "The Boys" from writer Garth Ennis.

When Film School Rejects spoke to Bayer for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, they got the tidbit from the director. Bayer has been interested in the project for awhile, but wasn't sure if he'd get it, Its so funny, I would die to do that comic book. From what Ive heard from the producers on the movie is that Adam McKay is doing it. He did Anchorman, I guess. The studio is really hot on him and, he paused then continued, Lets have the movie come out this weekend and do really well. Then well see how my stock is in Hollywood.

"The Boys" is an on-going series from Ennis. It's had some problems. After book #6 the series was canceled then a year later got picked back up by Dynamite. The series is set in a world very much like our own except that certain people have superpowers. A squad of badass CIA members, known as "The Boys" keep superheroes in line and if necessary take them down. Ennis has mentioned that the series will out Preacher "Preacher".

If all goes well for Bayer, he may get a shot at "The Boys". Ennis is a great writer, so I really hope this gets picked up. As for McKay adapting it, that would be a very interesting step for him.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone read this? Why does that one guy look like Simon Pegg? Apparently, Pegg did a foreword for a collected edition of six issues published with Dynamite.

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12:05AM on 04/27/2010
Tidbit:

Maybe you should ask the co-creator/writer and artist of the book, Darick Robertson why he made Hughie look like Simon Pegg?

It's not like he's hard to get a hold of.
Tidbit:

Maybe you should ask the co-creator/writer and artist of the book, Darick Robertson why he made Hughie look like Simon Pegg?

It's not like he's hard to get a hold of.
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10:14PM on 04/26/2010

Why Wee Hughie Looks like Simon Pegg

When the animator was drawing the character of Wee Hughie he based his look on Simon Pegg's character "Tim Bisley" in "Spaced". They even talked to Pegg about it before publishing the books.
When the animator was drawing the character of Wee Hughie he based his look on Simon Pegg's character "Tim Bisley" in "Spaced". They even talked to Pegg about it before publishing the books.
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8:11PM on 04/26/2010

It was an interesting concept....

much like most Ennis books.
I tried giving it a shot going as far as sticking with the book even after it switched publishing companies but it just never did anything to really get my interest.
A lot of shock humor and cool BUT typical Ennis exploitative action/gore.

all just MY opinion.
i think there's other better stories to tell but if they want to do it that much and they see that much potential in the story then I say go ahead.
much like most Ennis books.
I tried giving it a shot going as far as sticking with the book even after it switched publishing companies but it just never did anything to really get my interest.
A lot of shock humor and cool BUT typical Ennis exploitative action/gore.

all just MY opinion.
i think there's other better stories to tell but if they want to do it that much and they see that much potential in the story then I say go ahead.
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9:17PM on 04/26/2010
i agree, im a huge ennis fan but the boys just falls sort of flat to me. its not bad, but compared to Preacher or his Punisher run its just really dumbed down and as you said is mostly just shock with none of the substance he uses mixes in with it.
i agree, im a huge ennis fan but the boys just falls sort of flat to me. its not bad, but compared to Preacher or his Punisher run its just really dumbed down and as you said is mostly just shock with none of the substance he uses mixes in with it.
6:33PM on 04/26/2010

Hell yea

Im down for them making a movie from this series as i love the comics and although McKay may seem an odd choice but im willing to give most people a chance. Maybe he could cast pearl from the funny or die video as the female!!

Also he looks like Simon Pegg just for the sake that he looks like Simon Pegg and one of my favourite parts of the comics is the shot of the character based on Pegg with period blood round his mouth from going downtown on a lady. Now that would be something to see in
Im down for them making a movie from this series as i love the comics and although McKay may seem an odd choice but im willing to give most people a chance. Maybe he could cast pearl from the funny or die video as the female!!

Also he looks like Simon Pegg just for the sake that he looks like Simon Pegg and one of my favourite parts of the comics is the shot of the character based on Pegg with period blood round his mouth from going downtown on a lady. Now that would be something to see in the film!!
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5:51PM on 04/26/2010

Uh...

"The Boys" is an excellent comic and my current favorite next to "The Walking Dead". But I can't see a film adaptation doing it justice. Just like "The Walking Dead", "The Boys" would work better as an ongoing television series. But I'm not an idiot and realize that's it's too graphic for television.
"The Boys" is an excellent comic and my current favorite next to "The Walking Dead". But I can't see a film adaptation doing it justice. Just like "The Walking Dead", "The Boys" would work better as an ongoing television series. But I'm not an idiot and realize that's it's too graphic for television.
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5:27PM on 04/26/2010
Awesome concept, and the pic above looks pretty badass. I trust McKay in a project like this and like everyone else has been sayin, they need to cast Simon Pegg for a role in this.
Awesome concept, and the pic above looks pretty badass. I trust McKay in a project like this and like everyone else has been sayin, they need to cast Simon Pegg for a role in this.
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5:17PM on 04/26/2010
Who'd a thought Faverau could make such a good IRONMAN movie or LEDGER a good JOKER its way to early to judge this as nothing has been confirmed and like Preacher will probably end up in development hell.
Who'd a thought Faverau could make such a good IRONMAN movie or LEDGER a good JOKER its way to early to judge this as nothing has been confirmed and like Preacher will probably end up in development hell.
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5:15PM on 04/26/2010

He looks like Pegg because...

He's based on Pegg. Simple as that.

Without Pegg's permission, but he seeming loved it
He's based on Pegg. Simple as that.

Without Pegg's permission, but he seeming loved it
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5:12PM on 04/26/2010
i'm happy they are adapting it but i'm not totally sold on McKay as director but i'd still love to see it on screen. The only thing that would have to be locked down is Simon Pegg as Hughie, the character is based on him and he writes the forewords to some of the book, without him i say dont even try it.
i'm happy they are adapting it but i'm not totally sold on McKay as director but i'd still love to see it on screen. The only thing that would have to be locked down is Simon Pegg as Hughie, the character is based on him and he writes the forewords to some of the book, without him i say dont even try it.
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5:09PM on 04/26/2010
I love McKay's work, but there is NO WAY that he should do "The Boys!" It's darkly perverse and extremely violent, far more suited to someone like, uh ... well, okay, I don't really know who could do it justice, but it certainly ain't him!
I love McKay's work, but there is NO WAY that he should do "The Boys!" It's darkly perverse and extremely violent, far more suited to someone like, uh ... well, okay, I don't really know who could do it justice, but it certainly ain't him!
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12:07AM on 04/27/2010
Vaughn did a great job with Kick-Ass, I could see him doing The Boys right.
Vaughn did a great job with Kick-Ass, I could see him doing The Boys right.
1:29AM on 04/27/2010
Good point. He does have that twisted sense of humor that the movie needs ...
Good point. He does have that twisted sense of humor that the movie needs ...
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