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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?


  • Sean T. Collins

    Keep in mind McKay also directed Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, which is maybe a more apropos line on his resume.

  • Rusty Priske

    Watchmen was a failure? What?

  • demoncat

    watchman and kick ass proved that there are some things that can not be done justice on film though they will later be considered cult classics and now the thing will be repeated with the boys unless garth rejects the film offer as not right

  • comicsaredead

    “The Boys” would work better as an HBO tv series IMO.

  • Blue Tomato

    Ennis has already been mined a few times for the last two Punisher films. Certainly not the story, but characters from both Marvel Knights and MAX were all throughout both films. And no credit was given, that I recall.

    It was a shame to see both films do poorly, especially the last one. In my opinion, only Ennis has done a proper treatment of the Punisher and would love to see a proper film treatment of his material.

    Then again, it is possible that it just can’t be done properly. Garth gave the Punisher the proper voice and developed his character through his internal monologue. That was never present in either movie and the character seriously needed it.

    As a fan of Garth Ennis, I have mixed emotions about Hollywood approaching his work. I’m very afraid they would screw it up right properly, but it would be nice to see a good film be made from his creations. The Preacher, which has never really come close to getting off the ground, is a fine example of a work that is simply too complex, IMO, to translate to the screen. The Boys is absolutely the same way.

    All of that being said, it’s a shame that every single movie that comes out is expected to make ridiculously large amounts of money or it is labeled a failure. I think this yardstick is what stops us from having more actually decent movies made. If a movie turns any profit, that should pretty much define it as a success.

    A rambling message. My apologies. :)

  • rodney

    You are thinking of Todd Phillips he directed Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    ““The Boys” would work better as an HBO tv series IMO.”

    I agree that The Boys would be better as a tv series, but I would be remiss in not pointing out that HBO dropped Preacher because they felt that the series was too controversial for their programming.

    And then, there’s True Blood.

  • Sean T. Collins

    Rodney–aw, rats, I got Anchorman mixed up with Old School.