Two men will adapt 'Boys'


Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay have been engaged to adapt "The Boys" for Columbia.

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

The book 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.

Kickstart's Jason Netter and attorney-cum-producer Ken Levin are also producing.

UTA-repped Manfredi and Hay have "Aeon Flux," "The Tuxedo" and "Crazy/Beautiful" among their credits. They also wrote the comic book adaptation "R.I.P.D.," which is in development at Universal. (partialdiff)