Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Preacher Rejected By HBO, The Boys Being Adapted As A Film

We here at Flicks News are massive fans of Irish comic book writer Garth Ennis. If you haven't read Preacher we highly recommend you do. We had been unsure about a tv show adaption, but then came talk came that Robert Rodriguez was interested in directing a few episodes and we quickly shifted to being interested. Well news has come that the show has been rejected by HBO.

Comics Continuum spoke to Mark Steven Johnson who says that his adaptation of Garth Ennis's "Preacher" won't be happening at HBO.

"We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going," Johnson said. "But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point!

"It was a very faithful adaptation of the first few books, nearly word for word. They offered me the chance to redevelop it but I refused. I've learned my lesson on that front and I won't do it again. So I'm afraid it's dead at HBO."

In other Garth Ennis adaption news Ennis's The Boys is heading to the big screen.

Sribes Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay will adapt The Boys for Columbia Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Neal H. Moritz and his Columbia-based Original Films are producing the project, which adapts the comic book created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

The comic follows the adventures of a CIA squad, known informally as "the boys," whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them.