The Boys comic adap abandoned by Sony

Anchorman director Adam McKay’s film adaptation of cult comic The Boys has been abandoned by Sony Pictures.

The adap of Garth Ennis’ violent comic – which follows a group of hard-nuts who attempt to bring justice to arrogant, corrupt superheroes – has been in the works since 2009, but is now looking for a new home.

Producers Neal H Moritz and Jason Netter are reportedly shopping the property around town, and according to McKay, the project’s still got some life in it.

“It’s not dead,” he tells Film School Rejects . “Two studios very interested. Love Sony but they made a mistake. It’s now PG-13. But I found cool ways to keep it edgy.

“Nolan does so much with that rating. I want this movie to have the conceptual floor of MIB : the police for the superheroes, with the bad ass action groove of The Matrix or Oldboy .”

Though the PG-13 rating is a disappointment (surely this is a film for the fans?), it makes sense from a marketing and ticket sales perspective. Here's hoping that Billy, Hughie and The Frenchman make it to the big screen eventually.

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