What’s Going on with The Boys Screenplay?

Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay discuss their work on the upcoming movie adaptaption of The Boys.

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys, a comic about a black ops team designed to take down rogue superheroes, was optioned by Kickstart Entertainment, the company responsible for the production of Wanted and for the upcoming development of another Ennis book, Preacher. Writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay have been assigned to the screenwriting duties for this.

Hay had the following to say about the project:

"That’s one that’s like a total dream project for us because we’re such huge fans of the book and of Garth Ennis. It’s just been amazing. Neal Moretz, the producer over there, and the studio have been great because they actually really do get what makes the comic book special, and we’re talking to directors on that now, too, so that would be just amazing, and it’s something that’s very close to our hearts."

Manfredi, on working with Ennis for the adaptation:

"Awesome guy and he kind of gave us his blessing to take it where we needed to take it,. "He said, ‘Don’t be too precious. Feel free to… if you need to kill someone, kill someone.’ Obviously we love love love the books, and the overarching storyline had yet to be finished, so we said, ‘Well, we think this is where it’s going, are we right? Is this going to happen to this character?’ and he was like, ‘You’re close, don’t worry about it. Do what you have to do.’ It wasn’t in a dismissive way, it was in a very generous way."

Hay on the finished product:

"I think ultimately we ended up with the script that we have now, which I think is actually quite faithful version of ‘The Boys’ and then the stuff that’s new hopefully very much fits into the world. In short, he (Ennis) was really great, because he understands I think what it is to adapt something, but I think he also sensed from us that we knew and loved his work in and out and we’re going to find a way to get that up on the screen."

Hay on casting possibilities:

"What’s really interesting is that we’ve heard there’s a lot of amazing actors that happen to be huge fans of ‘The Boys’ so it would be amazing to get some of these guys in the cast who really get it, and who really know exactly what’s going on, but we’ll see how that plays out along the way, but Simon Pegg is amazing."

Hay also comments on the adaptation of Dark Horse’s R.I.P.D, which the team is also working on:

"’R.I.P.D’ over the last two years has almost happened probably three times and just for various reasons, whether it’s the availability of cast or whether it’s budget or any of the many things, it just hasn’t launched, but we feel like is really right on the precipice and we’re really hopeful that will happen this year. It’s one of those ones that’s right there on the launching pad."

Read the full interview here.

Source: Superhero Hype
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Posted originally: 2010-02-18 13:01:48

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