Over the weekend, we reported that Columbia Pictures had dumped its adaptation of anti-superhero comic book The Boys, in what looked like yet another sign of a studio becoming cautious about producing a big-budget movie with a potential R-rating (for example, Universal's cancellation of director Gullermo del Toro's adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness last year).
Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, the Dynamite Entertainment comic book followed a CIA-backed group of enforcers who tracked the planet's superheroes and made sure they stayed in line. The movie version had been in development for years, with director Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) becoming attached to direct in the summer of 2010 and quickly promising that the movie "has to be R" and that he had Sony's approval for the rating.
After Columbia/Sony's recent rejection, McKay sent a response to Film School Rejects and revealed that not only is The Boy "not dead" but it also won't require the R-rating that McKay had previously insisted on. read mckay's response >> Posted 02.13.12 by Ryan