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Seth Rogen might be shopping a TV series adaptation of Garth Ennis' The Boys

10.13.2015
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Preacher series based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comics of the same name won't premiere on AMC until next year, and according to Birth Movies Death, they are looking to bring another Ennis-penned comic to the small screen. The site is claiming that the due are out shopping an adaptation of Ennis and Darick Robertson's violent anti-superhero series The Boys to cable networks, and that Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is also involved with the potential television project.

The series ran for 72 issues (with the first six published by Wildstrom before it was picked up by Dynamite Entertainment), and follows a CIA squad known as "The Boys" who monitor superheroes and take them out if/when they misbehave.

Comic description from Amazon:

In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. And someone will! Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth - superpower! Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them - sometimes - need to be taken out of the picture. That's when you call in The Boys!

Adam McKay was in talks with Sony about a film adaptation of The Boys a few years ago, however that project is probably dead (or stuck in development hell) since there hasn't been any news about it for quite some time. Although I'm all for a live-action version of comic, I'm not completely sold on Rogen and Goldberg doing it, due to how far their Preacher might be deviating from the source material. But if the AMC series is a big hit, it could make it easier for them to get The Boys made, and we should probably wait and see how Preacher turns out first before getting too excited (or upset) about them possibly taking on a second Garth Ennis tale.

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10:20PM on 10/15/2015

Great Idea!!!

Love the idea! I've been fantasizing about a film adaptation (ideas in part 3 below). But.....

1) ABSOLUTELY NO, F--KIN' HELL NO, to Seth Rogen. After that craptastic adaptation of "Green Hornet", I wouldn't let this guy film me taking a dump, much less try to bring something as deliciously subversive as "The Boys" to the screen. Rogen does stoner comedy well, and that's it. He needs to play to his strengths.
2) Wrong medium. No television channel out there---not even AMC, who's
Love the idea! I've been fantasizing about a film adaptation (ideas in part 3 below). But.....

1) ABSOLUTELY NO, F--KIN' HELL NO, to Seth Rogen. After that craptastic adaptation of "Green Hornet", I wouldn't let this guy film me taking a dump, much less try to bring something as deliciously subversive as "The Boys" to the screen. Rogen does stoner comedy well, and that's it. He needs to play to his strengths.
2) Wrong medium. No television channel out there---not even AMC, who's stretched the boundaries with "Walking Dead"---could possibly get their Standards 'n' Practices people simultaneously drunk, stoned, and stupid enough to let this thing through in an adaptation that "The Boys" fans would accept. This needs to be a three-part movie endeavor, with a firm "R" rating attached.
3) Ok...so I mentioned that I had a few ideas. In my mind, I've cast this thing already, at least partway. Here's my ideas:
The Boys:
1) Bill Butcher: Vinnie. F--kin'. Jones. Nobody else. He's got the look, and as he's British, the East End accent will come easily. Can't wait to hear him utter the line "Big boy rules, mate."
2) Wee Hughie: Simon Pegg, duh. Anybody who's read the intro for the trade volume (pictured above) knows that the character was modeled on Pegg. This one's a no-brainer.
3) Mother's Milk: Michael Jai White ("Spawn", "Black Dynamite"). I'm sure there's plenty of other African-American actors who could pull it off, but in my mind, White comes the closest.
4) The Frenchman: Less sure on this one. I kinda like Jean Reno, but he's probably a little old for the part. I'd be open to other ideas. Reno physically fits the character, but there's action involved in this, so I'm not 100% sure.
5) The Female: There's probably plenty of good Japanese actresses out there, but the first one that springs to my mind is Rinko Kikuchi ("Pacific Rim"). It's a tough role; she'd go almost all of the three movies without speaking at all. Big challenge for any actor, having to convey an emotional state without saying a word.

Other parts:
---Annie January "Starlight": Okay, I'm gonna be lazy here---Jennifer Lawrence. Yeah, I know---easy pick, she's the current "It" girl. In my defense, she's about the right age and has that ability to project the sort of damaged innocence that the character calls for.
---The Homelander: I'm gonna go off the rails here and suggest Matt Damon. They'd have to do some camera tricks to get him as tall as the character, but he could definitely do it. (I'm open to criticism on this one, though....)
---Queen Maeve: Another lazy pick: Tricia Helfer. I'm thinking of her time as the blonded-out Number Six from "Battlestar Galactica". But if they pick her for the role, then maybe they should get Katee Sackhoff for Annie January....(giggle).
---A-Train: Dunno. We need somebody who looks like Tom Cruise without actually being him, and can be sufficiently douch-bag enough.
---The Deep: Delroy Lindo?
---Jack from Jupiter: Okay, goin' off the rails again---Adam Sandler. Yeah, I know he's not Hollywood's favorite right now, but throw enough makeup on him, and I think he could pull it off without distracting the audience. He's got that kind of sardonic slightly gross wit.

And all this is just the main players. If they're going to be true to the story, then they've got to cast Teenage Kix, Payback, John Godolkin, G-Wiz, G-men,...it's a long list. This is why I think the story would be better served by breaking it up into three 2-2.5 hr movies. I'd happily pay the ticket price.
Oh, one more---for Love Sausage, try Rade Serbedzjia (Tretiyak from the 1997 movie "The Saint")

In case you're all scratching your heads wondering what I've been smoking----I'm not smoking anything. I'm late to "The Boys" party; I only just read the 3 collected volumes within the last 2 years. I'm a huge fan. I think the time is right given the massive groundswell of support for all the Marvel properties that are out there now; the scales need some balancing, and The Boys are just right for the job.
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3:52PM on 10/13/2015

Simon Pegg would normally be a shoe in for Wee Hughie.

Could still see him doing this though.

But let's see how Preacher turns out first of all, Seth.

I love Garth Ennis and want Preacher to work but The Boys was a wee bit too extreme for my tastes, even though I have the first twenty or so issues.
Could still see him doing this though.

But let's see how Preacher turns out first of all, Seth.

I love Garth Ennis and want Preacher to work but The Boys was a wee bit too extreme for my tastes, even though I have the first twenty or so issues.
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10:57AM on 10/13/2015
Simon Pegg should be a shoe in.
Simon Pegg should be a shoe in.
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12:54PM on 10/13/2015
Hopefully his schedule's not too busy for this.
Hopefully his schedule's not too busy for this.
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