Garth Ennis’ The Boys Movie Gets Writers

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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):

Comic Panel from The Boys

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  • Will

    I have been looking forward to this adaptation since I first heard the rumours over a year ago. The Boys is probably my favorite comic from the last 3 years but I have to say that I am getting worried this is already shaping up to be another major flop.
    I do not believe Columbia will have the guts to put the same level of violence and “nastiness” on-screen that The Boys needs to do it justice.
    And as for hiring the “writers” that inflicted us with Aeon Flux & The Tuxedo… What the fuck??????

    I can see this being an insult to the original material and Garth Ennis. Please, please, please get this out of the hands of Columbia & under a decent film company before its too late!

  • Will

    I have been looking forward to this adaptation since I first heard the rumours over a year ago. The Boys is probably my favorite comic from the last 3 years but I have to say that I am getting worried this is already shaping up to be another major flop.
    I do not believe Columbia will have the guts to put the same level of violence and “nastiness” on-screen that The Boys needs to do it justice.
    And as for hiring the “writers” that inflicted us with Aeon Flux & The Tuxedo… What the fuck??????

    I can see this being an insult to the original material and Garth Ennis. Please, please, please get this out of the hands of Columbia & under a decent film company before its too late!

  • Gene

    I was looking forward to this movie since I read the first issue, but from what I keep hearing the movie adaptation doesn’t sound too promising. I can’t believe they put the same writers who created the shit storylines behind the two films mentioned in the blog above. I couldn’e even get through Aeon Flux! If they fuck this series up for the rest of us I will take it upon myself to send them rediculous amounts of hate mail.

  • Gene

    I was looking forward to this movie since I read the first issue, but from what I keep hearing the movie adaptation doesn’t sound too promising. I can’t believe they put the same writers who created the shit storylines behind the two films mentioned in the blog above. I couldn’e even get through Aeon Flux! If they fuck this series up for the rest of us I will take it upon myself to send them rediculous amounts of hate mail.

  • Justin

    i cant wait for this movie if its good or bad sometimes you gotta see what they do i say fuck it let it fly

  • Justin

    i cant wait for this movie if its good or bad sometimes you gotta see what they do i say fuck it let it fly

  • MetalClown

    Thank you Justin! Sometimes you just got to let the studio take it and run with it. This movie is the most exciting news in media for me since Alien vs predator. Heres to hoping they dont screw it up the same way. That being said, If they make this movie at all, Theatre blockbuster or straight too DVD, I will be one happy camper. Even if they make it FUBAR, I will be glad they attempted it. Ill just pretend it doesnt exist and stick to the comics.

  • MetalClown

    Thank you Justin! Sometimes you just got to let the studio take it and run with it. This movie is the most exciting news in media for me since Alien vs predator. Heres to hoping they dont screw it up the same way. That being said, If they make this movie at all, Theatre blockbuster or straight too DVD, I will be one happy camper. Even if they make it FUBAR, I will be glad they attempted it. Ill just pretend it doesnt exist and stick to the comics.