The Boys comic adap abandoned by Sony

Property now up for grabs

Anchorman director Adam McKay’s film adaptation of cult comic The Boys has been abandoned by Sony Pictures.

The adap of Garth Ennis’ violent comic – which follows a group of hard-nuts who attempt to bring justice to arrogant, corrupt superheroes – has been in the works since 2009, but is now looking for a new home.

Producers Neal H Moritz and Jason Netter are reportedly shopping the property around town, and according to McKay, the project’s still got some life in it.

“It’s not dead,” he tells Film School Rejects. “Two studios very interested. Love Sony but they made a mistake. It’s now PG-13. But I found cool ways to keep it edgy.

“Nolan does so much with that rating. I want this movie to have the conceptual floor of MIB: the police for the superheroes, with the bad ass action groove of The Matrix or Oldboy.”

Though the PG-13 rating is a disappointment (surely this is a film for the fans?), it makes sense from a marketing and ticket sales perspective. Here's hoping that Billy, Hughie and The Frenchman make it to the big screen eventually.

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Comments

    • SiMan

      Feb 13th 2012, 13:48

      I'm usually one who cries foul when news like this breaks, but man - that is one violent comic. I mean, having somebody's face as a Pizza-topping! i don't think i could stomach an exact adaptation of that!

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 13th 2012, 20:04

      PG-13........Jesus Christ these studios really are run by imbeciles.

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    • spoonlamp

      Feb 14th 2012, 7:44

      So tempting just swear in a 'Scottish' accent and be offensive! But seriously, they need to grow some balls and make this story the way it was written, otherwise you're not making this story. A watered down version without all the grown up stuff just wouldn't be The Boys.

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    • matthewgarcia

      Jul 23rd 2012, 15:45

      This movie cannot be PG-13. Im sorry but you cannot illustrate the total havoc and chaos that comes from the superheros written in The Boys. Just dont do the movie if your not going to do it proper. or the movie is gunna get raped what was done to Wanted. At least Kick a*s has the balls to stick to the R rating.

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