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One would-be Garth Ennis comic book movie has already gone down in flames today (“Preacher” is DOA at HBO), but another is rising. “The Boys” has made another step toward production, with Columbia announcing that they have officially hired writers to adapt the still ongoing comic book series into a movie. The books, by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, is a hyper violent tale about a CIA-sanctioned group that goes around making sure the world’s superheroes don’t get too big for their britches. And when they do, the Boys are obligated to take them down. Like, really, really hard. What I’m trying to say is, these dudes kill superheroes, which in the world of Garth Ennis’ “The Boys”, are more bad guys than actual superheroes, what with their random killing, raping, and homosexual sex having ways. And I’m sure all of that will be included in the Columbia movie, right?
Yeah, right. Here’s THR with news of the writers:
Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay have been engaged to adapt “The Boys” for Columbia.
Neal H. Moritz and his Columbia-based Original Films shingle are producing the project, which adapts the comic book created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
The book follows the adventures of a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them.
I wouldn’t really call what the Boys do “adventures”, but whatever.
So what are the chances that “The Boys” will actually get made into a movie? Or, more likely, the franchise that producer Neal Moritz and Columbia are envisioning? I’m going to put odds on it at around 1 to 50. Really, this thing isn’t going to make it; and even if it did, it would be so watered down (ala “Wanted”) as to be unrecognizable from the original product.
But in any case, “The Boys” (actually four guys and one really, really dangerous girl) have writers! That’s the good news. The bad news is that Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay are also the geniuses behind “Aeon Flux” and “The Tuxedo”. Yeah, sorry about that, Garth Ennis.
Below, a panel from a “The Boys” issue, showing The Boys “at work” (trust me, this is the nicest thing they do to superheroes):