But hey, maybe that was just one director throwing out names, smack-talking in the hopes of getting fanboys to rally so he could get a meeting with Columbia executives. But now Collider and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that McKay is indeed negotiating to direct The Boys. Reportedly a big comic book fan, McKay has been dreaming of directing an adaptation of a book (any book) for awhile.
Would he be a good fit? The Boys deals with a CIA squad that keeps superheroes in line, and by any means necessary. It's typical Ennis -- filthy, violent, irreverent, and intent on shocking as many readers as possible. (For example, there's a bulldog named Terror that, well, grabs and doesn't let go. With either end.) Personally, I think there's a nasty streak in McKay's humor that could suit Ennis' sensibilities well. Step-Brothers feels like Ennis trying to be G-rated. It could work. But whether Columbia will actually run all the way with sexual assault, drugs, and rock and roll of The Boys is another matter altogether.