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Obviously, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg must be feeling pretty good about how well they’ve adapted the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Vertigo comic book series Preacher, because they are about to tackle another major Ennis title. Preacher premieres on AMC next month, and the early buzz has been very, very positive, so why not next tackle the book that Ennis himself once said he hoped to “out-Preacher Preacher” with. Yes, for their next trick, Rogen and Goldberg are planning on adapting The Boys, an Ennis book released under Wildstorm and Dynamite, for a channel that will loosen even further the cuffs on violence, language and sexuality: Cinemax. (more…)

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg already have one Garth Ennis comic book adaptation, Preacher, coming to television on AMC, but word around the Internet is that the pair are also working with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke on getting Ennis’ The Boys on the small screen. Could The Boys, with all its crazy, gloriously gory, over the top, depraved sexual humor actually make it on the small screen? If there was a movie, that actually followed the comic, it would have to be rated NC-17.

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Producer Neal Moritz has been bringing us movies for a few decades now.  Most of these are complete rubbish, such as the long-lived Fast and Furious franchise that won’t seem to die, but it looks like he may be changing his tune.  There are a couple of projects of his that will make comic geeks squeal with joy, and they look to be coming closer to reality – Garth Ennis’s Preacher and The Boys.  In a recent interview with Collider, Moritz had a few updates on the possibility of bringing these two properties to life.

He had this to say about work on Preacher:

We’re actually talking about a little different direction on it. It is a priority, but it’s one of those that is—a very hard movie to get made in Hollywood today. But we’re really working on it.

And comment on The Boys:

The Boys we’re working on with Adam McKay right now. He would love to do it and we’re in the middle of working on it right now.

So, nothing big, but at least they’re still on his mind.  Preacher for one has seen so much failure among potential adaptations that I’d really like to see someone bring the damn thing to the screen, even if it is Moritz.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

The Boys had become The Lost Boys when Columbia Pictures decided to drop the film adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic series.  Adam McKay had been signed to direct the “$100 million, rated-R, anti-superhero movie” and was left high and dry when the studio passed it up.

However!  It seems that The Lost Boys have been saved.  McKay, who starts shooting Anchorman: The Legend Continues in February, let it slip on Twitter that The Boys is still a thing.  Turns out Paramount picked it up and it’s in the works.  He ended up deleting the Tweet, but smart people took screen caps and now we have the proof in the pudding.  (Mmm, pudding…)

Looking forward to finally seeing this superhero satire hit the big screen!

Source: Spinoff Online

COMICS REWIND: ‘The Boys: The Name of the Game’

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

I was thinking a lot this week about great comics writers that I haven’t yet featured here on COMICS REWIND. There are a lot of them, of course. There are so many that I feel like I’ve been writing this thing every week for half a year and I’ve barely covered any ground. And hey, I probably haven’t. But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep chipping away at the annals of great comics in the hopes that this little section of NerdBastards will prove helpful and even inspiring to the comic book faithful. So this week to we turn to the great Garth Ennis and his visceral bloodfest, The Boys.

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“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Fan boy voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

Simon Pegg fan boys around the world will be gnashing teeth and pulling hair out over the news that Sony has dropped The Boys project. Pegg was the inspiration for the character Hughie, who is thrust into the violent world of The Boys after his girlfriend is killed during a superhero fight. Below is the panel where Hugie is still holding his girlfriends hands just after the fight . . .

Sony studios was developing the adaptation of the violent and edgy comic book from writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, The Boys, but has put the project into turnaround. “Turnaround” is Hollywood speak for putting the project into a burlap bag and throwing it into the river.

The Boys comic book is an interesting look at the world of superheroes. It follows the adventures of a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation and actions of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them.

Writing duo Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, as well as Seth Rogen, had worked on the screenplay since the project was first set up in 2009. Producers Neal H. Moritz of Original Film and Kickstart’s Jason Netter will now shop the project around town, hoping to attach the project to another studio.

Will the project get picked up? It currently has a PG-13 rating as written which will surprise many of the fans expecting a violent dark R rated movie to mirror the comic books themes. Simon Pegg might be too old to accept the role of Hugie if it takes much longer to get started, although Pegg would make a great “The Legend” (Old man who knows all about the heros and comics) if it takes as long as this NerdBastard thinks it will to get the project back on track and into theaters.

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MTV recently talked with director Adam McKay at the Comedy awards. He went on to talk about the upcoming adaption of the comics series, The Boys, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The Boys is the story of a CIA team that monitors and keeps superheros “in their place.” The story is hard, mean, and bloody. Sex, drugs and other perversions of superheros protected by their corporate sponsors are the everyday meat and gravy of Billy the Butcher and The Boys.

While finishing up the script McKay dropped a couple of big names for parts in the upcoming film. The biggest being Russell Crowe for the part of Billy the Butcher. Take a look at the pictures below, My first reaction to Crowe’s name was not printable. I couldn’t think of a major role Crowe had played in which he played as big an asshole tough guy as Billy the Butcher is in the comics. Then I thought about some of Crowe’s personal life rage antics and thought, wait, maybe he can pull it off. I never “liked” Billy the Butcher in the comics. He is cool, tough as hell and willing to go what ever distance he has to to complete his mission. That didn’t mean he was a good guy, just not as bad as those he went after.

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McKay went on to say that if Simon Pegg wanted the role of Wee Hughie (the character was admittedly modeled after the star), “Everyone knows Simon Pegg can take Hughie if he wants,” he said. “I don’t know what his schedule is like, though.” This one is a no brainer. I would even go so far as to say that the Hollywood powers that be should make what ever scheduling changes needed to make this happen. The Boys without Pegg would be like Mickey Mouse without Goofy. The magic wouldn’t be there.

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Source: MTV