Sam Bayer to direct The Boys?
Finally Samuel Bayer, the director behind the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, has had his shot to make a film. He's had a few close calls from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake to the Near Dark remake, but it's taken until now for a deal to finally come through with Platinum Dunes, and this deal looks like the one that will propel him to the fore.
That's most apparent in what he's doing next. Rather than being tempted by a deal to make the sequel, he's keen to move forward with something else, a comic book adaptation of a cracking series which keeps catching my eye - if only comic books weren't so damned expensive.
Speaking about the moment Samuel Bayer says that it was hard to argue with what Bay told him about the opportunity, and so he took it up. He was wanting to move into the feature world anyway, and it was a great opporunity.
We first heard of the adaptation back in February of 2008, when Neal H. Moritz took on the production duties and later we heard that a script was in development. The project has remained silent ever since.
The Boys (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) tells the story of a CIA team whose job is to keep their eye on the superheroes. If they get out of hand, perhaps straying into areas where the CIA would rather they didn't - and think about this, that might not necessarily be something for the common good of the country - they'll step in and keep them in order through any means necessary, sometimes taking care of them for good.
At the time the producer said of the film:
"Rather than begin with a romantic idea of superheroes out to save the world, 'The Boys' imagines a world in which superheroes really exist, with all of the flaws that real people have...The boys are there to make sure that people with superhuman powers don't get out of line."
Now Bayer has revealed that he's keen to direct.
"I've been wanting to make a movie for a while and besides The Boys there's other stuff I've had in production…
…I'm catching my breath but I've been offered some stuff. There's one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that's bad-ass. I'd like to get it, it's called The Boys. It's about a group of mercenaries and they're job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn't get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like "The Dark Knight." There are some great books I don't think people have tapped into yet."
Obviously we've yet to see what A Nightmare on Elm Street looks like, but I have to say from the trailer we saw I am excited and I think it could really turn out to be a remake that falls on the side of success rather than failure, as to whether it is better than the original? Well we really will have to wait and see the film for that one.
However, from what we have seen, I think he could do a really good job on The Boys, reality and fantasy mixing together in a very real world that has to be sold totally to the audience? That goes for both films doesn't it?
Have you read The Boys? Would you recommend it and do you think Sam Bayer is a good choice to direct?
Speaking about the Nightmare on Elm Street future, he's very clear:
"I think we've had our run. It doesn't mean we don't love each other."
I think that's probably for the best, if the studio want a franchise then get a new director or throw everything at it and make it better than the first. From what we've seen with Platinum Dunes they don't do that, and I think it's wise that Bayer move onto something new quickly and diversify himself before he starts doing remakes and horrors.
Interestingly, he did talk about the production of the Near Dark remake which we first heard about in April 2006 and subsequently was killed off in December, and he says some things that should really endear himself with fans. Actually he says a lot of good things about remakes and reboots that is worth reading in the source article, but it's the Near Dark part that stands out for me.
"It was an updated version of the original. In retrospect, that's a tough one. Lance Henriksen did such an amazing job as the lead. Bill Paxton… Everything Bigelow did with the movie, I'm glad it didn't happen. It was done pretty damn well the first time…
…The only thing I'll say about Near Dark, it seemed liked if there was one thing we could have worked on is it feels like they rushed the third act of the movie. But the rest of it was amazing. Looking back, I'm glad it didn't happen.
Wise words don't you think? I'd definitely entrust him to take on The Boys, but that film would demand a decent budget and a strong production.