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"Who Are You People?"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 27, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 27, 2010 |

Garth Ennis’s The Boys is one of the most violent and raunchy comic books ever to hit major publication. Blood, gore, sex, nudity. It’s like Sin City except in full color and freaking hilarious. And now it’s getting the movie treatment.

The premise is that superheroes and villains are real: costumes, tights and everything. The catch is that most people, when given tremendous power, do not react with either tremendous responsibility or tremendous villainy. They generally just become tremendous douchenozzles. So, in step the eponymous “boys” (a group which naturally includes a character known only as “The Female”). Equipped with a chemical that temporarily gives them superpowers, their ill-defined mission is to keep superheroes in line, by kicking their asses straight through concrete if necessary. While not as philosophical as Ennis’s previous act of graphical debauchery (Preacher), The Boys is an absolutely glorious amount of fun.

The protagonist (Wee Hughie) looks exactly like Simon Pegg, because the artist saw Pegg in a minor role in one of his first films and based the sketches on him. In a testament to Pegg’s normal guy cool, he read the comic, and liked it so much that instead of suing like most actors would, he gave them permission to use his likeness and then wrote the forward for the first trade paperback collection of issues. According to Hollywood logic, that probably means that they’ll get Shia LaBeouf to play the role in the movie.

The details so far are just the names of key production players..

Producer: Neil Moritz (The Fast and The Furious, I Am Legend, Made of Honor)

Writing: Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Aeon Flux, The Tuxedo, Crazy/Beautiful)

Directing (and possibly pulling writing duties): Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stepbrothers)

Why don’t they just record ninety minutes of burning piles of The Boys comic books? It’d probably be cheaper and to the same effect.

(sources: Variety, THR, Joblo)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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