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The Boys Movie Closer to a Director

If this guy gets the job... could Will Farrell be starring?

 Just imagine that they're watching their OWN movie, here.

If you’ve already did a stint with THE OTHER GUYS, it'd only follow that you’d call on THE BOYS next, right? We found out a while back that Adam McKay, whose most notable movie’s probably ANCHORMAN, was apparently set to direct the movie version of the Ennis/ Robertson comic.  I say "apparently" because that fact didn’t come out in any kind of official announcement; it came out in an interview Samuel Bayer did. He directed the NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. remake most recently and was really jonsing to helm THE BOYS, himself.

That scoop’s got corroborated by no less than two sources friendly to Collider just recently. They’re saying that McKay’s in “serious talks” with Sony about getting on the project. == TEASER ==

This project, if it did play out, would be departure from McKay's filmography up 'til this point. He’s sort of had that Scorsese/Dicaprio, Burton/Depp-style cinematic muse/alter-ego relationship with Will Farrell so far, having directed ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS and STEP BROTHERS in succession before this summer’s THE OTHER GUYS. Turns out that McKay’s actually a hardcore comics fan and he’s wanted to do this kind of project for a while. And I say, why not? If the guy’s been successful in one genre, he probably knows what he’s doing with movie-making, in general.

I doubt it’d happen, but it is sickly amusing to picture Will Farrell as, oh say, the Legend.

Then again, there’s also the question of how viable a BOYS movie would be. Even if you had the bravest studio exec behind this, I reckon it would still have to be toned-done from the comic lest it earn a disastrous NC-17 rating. There’s also the question of how viable an R-rated superhero-related movie might be, now, after WATCHMEN and PUNISHER: WAR ZONE’s disappointing returns. Then again, KICK-ASS did well enough that a sequel’s already on the way. If they kept the budget tight, I could see THE BOYS hitting without much compromise.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available  here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on Amazon.com.  

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Posted by SoA

if done right this would be a real treat to watch . love reading the boys , so hopefully it does well as a film too

Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

Wonder if they will stick to an R for it.

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Posted by Green ankh

NO MORE WILL FARRELL IN ANYTHING
Posted by Benzo
@Green ankh said:
" NO MORE WILL FARRELL IN ANYTHING "
Posted by MemnochZERO

With the right cast and tone (plus being faithful for Garth Ennis' work) and an R rating, it would be an awesome film. However, no one on Butcher's team should be played by Will Farrell.
Posted by LT1085

If Simon Pegg isn't playing Hughie I am boycotting the movie...I won't even download it.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Gerard Butler for Billy Butcher

Posted by LT1085
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" Wonder if they will stick to an R for it. "
That is an absolute must, and with kick ass out of the way I don't see why it wouldn't get an R rating.
Posted by skaarason

so the boys is good ? 
 
i all ways wanted to check it out !

Posted by ComicCrazy

Hmmmmmm. I would see it.
Posted by Son_of_Magnus

What's with all these Garth Ennis movie deals. As good as these comics are I do not have the stomach to see them on the big screen

Posted by pentagram

abby eliot better be playing the female.

Posted by Bruce Vain
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
"Wonder if they will stick to an R for it. "

I would hope they do. 
 
I'm curious who would play Billy Butcher.
Posted by alice of wonderland
@pentagram said:
" abby eliot better be playing the female. "
As in the chick from SNL? She would not be a good Female of the Species. Chiaki Kuriyama, however, would be freaking perfect.
Posted by IrishX
@alice of wonderland said:
" @pentagram said:
" abby eliot better be playing the female. "
As in the chick from SNL? She would not be a good Female of the Species. Chiaki Kuriyama, however, would be freaking perfect. "

I only know about the Boys from what I've read on here but Kuriyama seems like a good choice for Female of the Species.