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Months-old rumors that Anchorman director Adam McKay was circling an adaptation of The Boys reignited over the weekend. Now Hollywood Insider confirms he’s in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the superhero satire, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
The Boys, which debuted in 2006 from DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, centers on a super-powered CIA squad tasked with keeping a watch on superheroes, eliminating them if necessary. The title moved in 2007 to Dynamite Entertainment, where it continues to be published.
Columbia optioned the film rights in August 2008, and hired Clash of the Titans screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay to pen the screenplay.
Hollywood Insider notes that The Boys would be a departure for McKay, who’s teamed with Will Ferrell on Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and the upcoming The Other Guys. However, Collider reports that McKay is “a die-hard comic book fan” who’s been looking to tackle a comic-book adaptation.