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Last summer, it was announced that director Adam McKay ('Anchorman,' 'The Other Guys') would be helming a film adaptation of the comic book 'The Boys' by Darick Robertson and Garth Ennis. The comic book was based in a world wherein superheroes and supervillains not only exist, but are regulated by a special branch of the CIA. The project had been in development since 2009 with Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, and even Seth Rogen, having worked on the screenplay within that time. But now it seems Columbia Pictures has decided to ditch 'The Boys,' having just put the film into turnaround. The movie's producers will now shop it around to other companies.
Seriously, what is going on in Hollywood? It seems like we can't go a day anymore without the news that a major film project has gotten the axe. Alex Proyas' 'Paradise Lost' was lost to budgetary concerns late last week and the controversial 'Akira' remake was killed a few weeks ago. To be fair, I haven't read Garth Ennis' 'The Boys,' but the concept sounds interesting and could have provided for a creative deconstruction of, or at least clever take on, the superhero film. My one problem with this project in the first place is that it seems to me that Adam McKay's sensibilities would be wrong for this kind of story. The titular CIA team, from the synopsis of the comic, is tasked with monitoring superhero/villain activity and, when necessary, killing those who pose a threat. It strikes me as being much darker than the material McKay is used to handling. I can almost guarantee that Will Ferrell would have cropped up somewhere in 'The Boys' under McKay's direction. But again, I haven't read the comic so I'm going to need some insight from my trusty Spillios.
Are you disappointed that 'The Boys' has been canceled? What was the prevailing tone of the comic? Would Adam McKay have made a suitable director?