Prompted by Rich’s recent story on the last issue of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s The Boys, I’ve been directed to a recent tweet by Anchorman director Adam McKay. You may recall that McKay was developing a feature film version of tough-as-nails superhero deconstruction strip The Boys at Universal, but they dropped the project and it seemed destined to vanish around the U-bend.
Well, here’s McKay, explaining what has happened in the meantime:
@shaunbarger Actually paramount picked it up and we’re still developing.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 15, 2012
Last time around, Simon Pegg was starting to think he was now tool old to play Wee Hughie, a character modelled on him; and Russell Crowe was meeting McKay about the role of Billy Butcher.
McKay has said that it “has to be” Pegg as Hughie, but that was two years and one movie studio ago. I’m pretty sure that the role would still be his to turn down should the green light ever come on, though.
I’m curious if the closure that the upcoming issue 72 might give to the full run of comics could effect both McKay’s screenplay and the studio’s odds of producing the film. If there’s a good, satisfying pay off available it might make all the difference, even if they choose not to go with it in “the first film.”