Paramount Rescues The Boys

When last we heard about The Boys, back in February, Columbia Pictures had abandoned Adam McKay’s planned adaptation of the superhero satire by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, placing the project in turnaround. But as any number of superheroes can attest, you should never count out Billy Butcher and the gang.

McKay, who begins shooting Anchorman: The Legend Continues in February, revealed last night on Twitter that Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights to The Boys, “and we’re still developing.” The director later deleted the comment, but it remains on a fan’s Twitter feed (the screenshot is below).

Debuting in 2006 from DC Comics’ WildStorm imprint, The Boys 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 acquired the film rights in August 2008, and hired Clash of the Titans writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, as well as Seth Rogen, to work on the screenplay.

Almost two years later, McKay came on board to direct and rewrite what he described in March 2011 as “a $100 million, rated-R, anti-superhero movie.”

(Thanks to Shaun Barger for the tip.)

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