Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys director Adam McKay is looking for a new gig. Now that its been confirmed that Paramount won’t greenlight the Anchorman sequel, he needs some fresh material. According to Collider, the director is a serious comic book fan and he’s being courted as a potential helmer for the live action adaptation of The Boys.
Prior to this there was speculation that A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Samuel Bayer might direct because he’d shown some interest during the development stages. McKay has been looking for a comic based project to helm, which could take him outside of his Will Ferrell world of comedies. Nothing has been signed and nothing is official but it looks like he’s a prime candidate for The Boys.
It sounds like McKay wants to pull a Jon Favreau and make this his Iron Man. Remember how skeptical everyone was when they heard he was directing that film? But I doubt this will be PG-13 because there’s a lot of course language and violence that’s essential to the source material. We’ve all seen what happens when studios take a graphic comic and soften it up for the sake of money. It usually sucks!
According to Wikipedia,
“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.”
The characters are “Billy Butcher”, “Hughie Campbell”, “Mother’s Milk”, “The Frenchman”, “The Female (of the Species)”, “Lieutenant Colonel Greg D. Mallory”, and “The Legend.” The Boys was created by Garth Ennis who also did Preacher.
What do you think of Adam McKay directing The Boys? Should a studio give him a chance?