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The Boys – Garth Ennis’ funny and disturbing comic book heading for the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2010

Garth Ennis is the genius comic book writer behind Preacher, Hitman and Punisher Max. Darick Robertson is the great comic book artist behind Hitman (my mistake, John McCrea worked on Hitman), Transmetropolitan and more. If you have read The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson then you know that it could make a brilliant movie. Although one that is guaranteed to draw complaints from people who like to complain about anything.

It is an American creator-owned comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by DC / Wildstorm, but moved to Dynamite Entertainment when Wildstorm felt a tad uneasy about the contents of the book. This news about a possible film may have some of the suits at DC going “Holy Sweet Jesus! What were we thinking?”

The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to the real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as “The Boys”, whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.

The team consists of Mother’s Milk, the Frenchman and the Female of the Species plus a new recruit at the start of the series called Wee Hughie whose look is based on Simon Pegg.

Artist Darick Robertson gave a recent update on the comic moving to the big screen.

“I had a nice meeting with the people at Kickstart [the film’s producers] and they were really cool,” Robertson told MTV News. “I can say that I think it’s in good hands over there. Apparently, the first draft of the screenplay is great. They’re very happy with the first draft and everybody is very enthusiastic about it.”

Robertson said that, while the comic’s creative team isn’t directly involved in the film’s development, they’re both being kept appraised of its progress — including a recently completed first draft of the screenplay.

“We’ll get a draft of that to read soon, but they were very open to me saying I’d like to be involved,” he explained. “I feel very confident — especially when we discussed the screenplay — that it’s faithful and they really are happy with it. They wanted it to be faithful and the writers seem to have delivered.”

“When they told me stuff that was in the script, it was all scenes from the comic,” he added.

“That’s the first draft, so that can turn around before you see it on screen, but I was enthusiastic just to hear they were being so faithful at the start,” he said. “If that’s what they’re starting with, then we’re in good shape.”

As to who will direct it well that looks as if Samuel Beyer (director of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake) would like to have a crack at it.

“There’s one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that’s bad-ass. I’d like to get it, it’s called The Boys.” said Beyer talking to STYD. “It’s about a group of mercenaries and they’re job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn’t get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like “The Dark Knight.” There are some great books I don’t think people have tapped into yet.”

I think The Boys would make a great film, but a better mini-series. I just hope that they are allowed to keep the tone and content of the comic book. If Kick-Ass does well at the box office then I forsee this being given the go ahead.

Would you like to see The Boys on the big screen? Who could play them (Pegg as Wee Hughie has got to happen)?

The Boys Volume 1: The Name Of The Game – Amazon.com
The Boys: The Name of the Game v. 1 – Amazon.co.uk

3 Responses to “The Boys – Garth Ennis’ funny and disturbing comic book heading for the big screen”

  1. WebElf said

    Actually, Darick didn’t work on HITMAN– that was John McCrea. 🙂

    Darick has worked on countless other projects though, including his recent CONAN one-shot that he wrote AND drew for Dark Horse comics, entitled Conan: The Weight of The Crown.

    comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=2
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darick_Robertson

    Great article! Thanks for posting it! 🙂

    • liveforfilms said

      Doh! You are totally right. Can’t believe I made such a schoolboy error, especially when it comes to comics.

      Thanks for the correction. I shall leave it like that in the post as a reminder that I was an idiot!

      Looking forward to his Conan one

  2. WebElf said

    May I recommend using strike /strike code to correct the Hitman error and putting your correction in parenthesis? It would improve the article and still acknowledge the error. 😉

    Easy mistake to make, John McCrea has been a fill-in artist on Darick & Garth’s current project, THE BOYS.

    And btw, CONAN: The Weight of the Crown is in stores already. Run, don’t walk! 😀

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