Adam McKay Is Ditching Comedies to Make an R-Rated ‘Anti-Superhero Movie’

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What’s with the directors of major comedies moving on to direct distinctly non-comedic projects? First Greg Mottola signs on to direct Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, and now Adam McKay is working to make “a $100 million, Rated-R, anti-superhero movie,” one adapted from the bloody comic book The Boys. It’s about “a group of special agents who are tasked with policing the world’s superheroes and villains by any means necessary” and he’s going after none other than Russell Crowe to play the lead.

But then he’s also going after Simon Pegg to play “a meek civilian who joins the team after his girlfriend is killed by a superhero,” so hopefully there will be some elements of comedy in there. Hell, I’m completely unfamiliar with The Boys; maybe it’s about a hilarious group of special agents. There are few enough big comedy movies coming out these days without two of the biggest names behind them ditching the genre altogether.