“Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights” director Adam McKay has reportedly sat down with Russell Crowe to discuss the Oscar winner’s chance of playing the lead role in his upcoming adaptation of the comic “The Boys” at Sony Pictures reports MTV News.
The comic follows the adventures of a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job it is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them. Crowe’s role, if said initial meeting should progress beyond that, would be that of team leader Billy Butcher. McKay has already said he’d love Simon Pegg in the role of new recruit Wee Hughie.
McKay is still tweaking Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay’s script while Neal H. Moritz will produce. However McKay admits the project is going to be a hard sell – “You really have to wait until the draft is done to get serious about it, plus it’s like a $100 million, Rated-R, anti-superhero movie, so we have to see who bites on it.”