Hollywood Learns Nothing, Circles The Boys
Because the (relative) failure of Kick-Ass and Watchmen has done nothing to dampen cinema’s desire to adapt deconstructionist superhero comics, the next book being eyed by tinseltown is apparently Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys. And the man to bring this darkly-comedic tonally-tricky satire to the big screen…? Anchorman director Adam KcKay, apparently.
Film School Rejects spoke to A Nightmare On Elm Street director Samuel Bayer, who’d previously expressed interest in bringing the comic to the screen, only to find out that he may be pipped to the post:
It’s so funny, I would die to do that comic book. From what I’ve heard from the producers on the movie is that Adam McKay is doing it. He did Anchorman, I guess. The studio is really hot on him and…Let’s have the movie come out this weekend and do really well. Then we’ll see how my stock is in Hollywood.
I’m not convinced that one movie could capture the complexity of Ennis’ story without reducing it to cynical slapstick basics, and I really don’t think mainstream audiences would flock to see it even then. This seems like a bad idea to me, but there’s a reason I don’t work in Hollywood. What do the rest of you think?