Paramount Picks Up Adam McKay’s The Boys Adaptation
I’ve mentioned it a couple of times on the Comics podcast (I think) but I really love The Boys. It takes superheroes off the pedestal they are set up on in most comics and then shoves that pedestal up their collective asses. The series focuses on a group within the CIA called The Boys, who’s job it is to police the superpowered individuals of the world to keep them from flying off the handle and destroying a city with their farts or something. This usually involves some kind of horrible violence and maybe some faces being ripped off.
For the past few years Adam McKay, director of Anchorman and The Other Guys, has been trying to get a movie adaptation of this series off the ground. He wanted the movie to be have a hard-R rating with a budget of $100 million. This is a pretty hard pitch to sell to a studio, especially with a series that isn’t exactly well known. Columbia had gotten the rights to adapt the comic in 2008, but earlier this year they decided to drop the project all together. Things weren’t looking too good for film. But then, last week a Twitter response from McKay gave us hope once more.
@ShaunBarger Actually paramount picked it up and we're still developing.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 15, 2012
Yes, the film has been picked up by Paramount and things are happening with it. No casting details have been announced at this point but apparently McKay was talking to Russell Crowe to play the role of Billy Butcher, the leader of The Boys. Also, he has said that if Simon Pegg wants to the role of Wee Hughie, the new addition to the team whose design was based on Pegg, it’s his.