Adam McKay Directing The Boys Adaptation?

June 22, 2010  |  12:40pm

Ron Burgundy, meet Billy Butcher.

According to a report from, funnyman filmmaker Adam McKay, best known for directing goofy Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, is discussing helming a very different project with Sony Pictures.

McKay is in talks to direct a film adaptation of the anti-superhero, sex-and-violence-tastic Garth Ennis comic book series, The Boys. Despite McKay’s forays into action territory (including the upcoming The Other Guys), taking on The Boys would be a dramatic change of pace. But according to an interview with A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) director Samuel Bayer, who had expressed prior interest in adapting the comic series, “the studio is really hot on” McKay.

The Boys is Garth Ennis’ follow-up to the ultra-violent, Wild West-evoking series, Preacher. In an alternate present-day America where superheroes are corrupt products of an evil corporation, the CIA hires “The Boys,” a brutal gang of informants and enforcers, to keep the costumed heroes in check.

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