They Boys Comic Book Optioned

August 27, 2008 Another new vulgar comic is headed for the big screen – The Boys. First published by Wildstorm and later by Dynamite Entertainment, the comic follows a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys”, whose job it is to keep watch over superheroes and eliminate them if necessary. Aeon Flux and The Tuxedo writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay have been hired to write the adaptation of the comic, which will head into production under producer Neal H. Moritz. No director has been attached just yet. This is one of many projects that Moritz has announced recently and should be exciting to follow as it develops.

My comic book friend is a fan of The Boys and is quite excited to see it head to the big screen. However, he mentioned that it is incredibly vulgar and includes some crazy violence and sexuality. He said it’s similar to Wanted and would only be able to be an adaptation on that level – meaning rated R and excessively violent as well. I’m curious whether Sony will actually go with something that vulgar or whether they’ll tone it down for the big screen. If you’re not familiar with this comic at all, it’s apparently up in the same vein as Wanted, so be sure to check it out. After I heard some details from my friend, I was actually quite excited to hear that it was going into production.

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