Just under six months after Columbia grew a pair of cold feet, it would appear that The Boys has found a second Hollywood home. Don’t take my word for it, but that of prospective director Adam McKay, who quietly announced on Twitter that Paramount have taken his comic book film in for themselves. And it’s developing, too.
Sony let this thing go for the exact reason you’d assume ($), so the question of a reduced budget — or anything along those same business lines — will have to remain in the dark as of now. Regardless of that possible issue, I’m fairly glad to hear The Boys could live once again; it sounds far removed from your typical comic book property, nor does it hurt when Simon Pegg and Russell Crowe were circling major roles. If they stick around — or, had ever really considered it in the first place — there’s reason to hold out hope.
The biggest obstacle facing its completion, from what I’d guess, would actually be McKay‘s current schedule. He’s Anchorman 2 coming up next, eventually hitting in 2013, along with, possibly, a remake of Uptown Saturday Night led by Will Smith & Denzel Washington. This is as good as it gets for the moment, though.
The Boys is based on Garth Ennis‘ comic of the same name, in which a group of CIA agents, they being of the titular kind, “keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them.” Seth Rogen, Matt Manfredi, and Phil Hay have all contributed to the film’s last draft; pardon the guess, but I expect that’s kept for whatever happens here.
Are you glad to see The Boys might live?
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