When talking to A Nightmare on Elm Street director Samuel Bayer it was easy to tell he doesn’t play the B.S press game. He’s honest and this became even more apparent when he mentioned that Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) may be adapting Garth Ennis’ The Boys. His films perform, so he’s definitely got some pull to do something of this magnitude.
For a few months now Bayer has expressed interested in adapting Ennis’ hilariously dark series, but could he be the one given the job? According to Bayer, maybe not. “It’s so funny, I would die to do that comic book. From what I’ve heard from the producers on the movie is that Adam McKay is doing it. He did Anchorman, I guess. The studio is really hot on him and…” After Bayer paused for a second, he did drop the fact that if Nightmare performs well, maybe he could be the one to helm this fantastic series, “Let’s have the movie come out this weekend and do really well. Then we’ll see how my stock is in Hollywood.”
The fact is, A Nightmare on Elm Street is likely to perform this weekend. There’s no doubt about it. When it does, Bayer will be able to get more projects off the ground and perhaps he could do The Boys. From the sound of it though, McKay seems to be on the top of the list and is actually doing it. Could he pull of something like The Boys though? Even as a big fan of his work I’m not quite sure his style really lends itself to that type of material. From everything we’ve seen so far from Nightmare, Bayer has that gritty style that feels like a perfect fit for that series. Maybe things will change after this weekend, but it seems as though Adam McKay is the lead candidate at the moment.