Adam McKay One Step Closer to Directing The Boys
06.23.10 by Ryan
A Nightmare on Elm Street remake director Samuel Bayer said he wanted to direct an adaptation of the Garth Ennis-scripted comic book series The Boys but worried he might lose the opportunity to Anchorman director Adam McKay. Looks like Bayer was right.
Collider reports that McKay is in talks to direct the ultra-violent movie, which follows a CIA-backed team of superpowered individuals who are tasked with keeping an eye on the ill-behaved superheroes that are supposed to be protecting the world.
Reportedly, McKay is a "die-hard" comic book fan, but considering the comic's violence, sexual content, and foul language, the project doesn't seem like the usual Will Ferrell comedy that McKay is known for.
Entertainment Weekly confirms that McKay is up for the job, though Sony may wait until McKay's The Other Guys is released on August 6 to make the hiring official. Or they may decide to make the hiring unofficial, as no contracts have been signed yet.
Clash of the Titans screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay adapted the screenplay, something that Ennis said ought to have been "quite easy" since his "simple enough concept" would only entail the writing duo taking "the core team of five and just have them as a team that surveils and occasionally beats up superheroes."
One of those "core" five is the character Wee Hughie, based on actor Simon Pegg, who was charmed enough to write an introduction to the first volume of the graphic novel. Screenwriter Hay has admitted that they intend to approach Pegg about playing the character.