Hit comic book series – turned hard to make feature film THE BOYS may have just taken a few big steps forward as director Adam McKay officially begins early talks with Russell Crowe for the starring role of “Billy Butcher”. The project, which is based on the comic series by Garth Ennis, centers on a mish-mash roughneck CIA squad known as “The Boys,” who are tasked with keeping watch over the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, using force to keep them in line. McKay is currently rewriting a draft by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay.
Crowe, who was most recently seen in “The Next Three Days” and “Robin Hood” has a long list of in-development projects, yet none that have progressed into pre-production. He is however attached (or in talks to be attached) to star in Paul Haggis’ “The Equalizer”, Warner Brothers’ “33 Liberty Street” and Relativity’s “Den of Thieves”.
Crowe and McKay are both repped by WME, who set the meeting.