Oh, lord. Columbia has picked up the rights to its next superhero feature, and it ain't Spider-Man.
Variety reports that the studio now holds the film rights to Garth Ennis' and Darick Robertson's controversial anti-superhero comic 'The Boys'. Producer Neal H. Moritz is to produce the film under his Original Films banner.
The hilarious and scathing comic tells of a low key group of operatives, hired by the U.S. government to keep the world's superhero population in check. The superhumans in this book are largely a bunch of depraved and deeply flawed characters, severely in need of an ass-whoopin'.
The book started at Wildstorm, but proved too controversial for parent publisher DC Comics who quickly canceled it before its seventh issue, allowing Ennis and Robertson to take the book to another publisher. After a very brief hiatus the series resumed with Dynamite Entertainment where it's been running ever since.
The deal was brokered by Jason Netter's Kickstart Comic Art Studios, who initially optioned the rights. Netter will produce along with Moritz and NightSky Entertainment's Ken F. Levin. Ori Marmur of Original Films is executive producer.