Russell Crowe may be Billy Butcher in The Boys
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If I'm Simon Pegg, and you're Russell Crowe, who's the goth chick? Sandman?
The Boys is one of the most messed-up, pornographic, foul-mouthed comic book titles out there. And it is: out there. In 2006 Garth Ennis, the highly prolific comics writer of Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Preacher, Hitman and Punisher titles, conceived a new series, which was warmly received by the comics-reading public. The initial six issues were published by DC/Wildstorm and received high ratings, but were dropped by the publisher (with no reason given, although it may well have been content-related), and subsequently picked up by Dynamite Entertainment.
Last year, at San Diego Comic Con 2010, series illustrator Darick Robertson announced that all the people involved in bringing the comic to the big screen were fans of the comic, and very excited about the project. While Simon Pegg has long been pegged (ha!) for the role of Wee Hughie - Ennis and Robertson reportedly created the character of Wee Hughie while watching Shaun of the Dead - Robertson stated, "The casting is interesting and people will be surprised. It looks like the film will cover the first fifteen issues then it will take a different direction from the original story, which the fans will enjoy.”
Well, it's possible that the casting suspense has ended, at least for the other lead role - director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) is reportedly courting Russell Crowe for the part of Billy Butcher. According to CinemaBlend, McKay recently completed the script for the film and has begun shopping it around for financing.
In an interview with Reelz, Ennis said, "it would be quite easy to take ... the core team of five and just have them as a team that surveils and occasionally beats up superheroes. That's a simple enough concept that you could isolate, and put into a film as a self-contained story."
The Boys follows the adventures of a Black-Ops CIA group created to monitor the activites of superheroes; in this alternate universe, superheroes exist in a reality-celebrity world and have all-too-human issues that need to be contained. Ennis has created an ultra-violent critique of the American superhero genre that is not to everyone's taste: but taking the basic premise and extrapolating it with McKay's comic sensibility could be a winning combination. After all, this is the guy who turned both 70's sexism and NASCAR into comedy gold.
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