Along with sequels, 3D movies, reboots and remakes, adaptations of comic books are extremely popular right now. Adding to that expansive and continually growing list is The Boys, a violent comic book from 2006 by acclaimed writer Garth Ennis (Preacher). And the project may already have a director – one you might not expect.
According to A Nightmare on Elm Street director Samuel Bayer (via Film School Rejects), Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) is in line to adapt The Boys for the big-screen. Although Bayer has expressed interest in directing the adaptation himself. He said:
“It’s so funny, I would die to do that comic book. From what I’ve 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…”
After a pause, Bayer added that if his remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street does well this weekend (which I have no doubt it will) then he may have a shot at directing The Boys. “Let’s have the movie come out this weekend and do really well. Then we’ll see how my stock is in Hollywood,” said Bayer.
For now though, it sounds like McKay is first on the studio’s mind when it comes to who will direct The Boys – and it’s a strange choice of director indeed. McKay directed the absolutely hilarious (and now classic) Anchorman, and the unabashedly stupid and crude Step Brothers (he also did Talladega Nights, which I didn’t see).
So McKay doesn’t immediately seem suited to The Boys, which is supposedly a very hard-edged comic with lots of violence and sex. Here’s the basic plot as Wikipedia has it:
The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to the real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series 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.
I can’t help but think that Bayer – who already has strong interest in the source material – would be a better choice to direct The Boys movie, simply because his style – as seen in the trailers for Elm Street – seems more suited than the comedy we’ve seen from McKay thus far.
Would you like to see Adam McKay or Samuel Bayer direct The Boys adaptation? What do you think of the plot of the comic series? Anyone out there read any of it?