Variety reported yesterday that a few of the guys behind HBO’s hilarious Eastbound & Down are set to develop a film based on the comic book Hench. Danny McBride, star of Eastbound & Down and the upcoming Land of the Lost is set to star in Hench, a movie about a retired football player who takes up work as a henchman for various supervillains. Shawn Harwell, who writes for the show is set to adapt the Adam Beechen and Mario Bello graphic novel for the big screen.
Now this alone would be cool news, but word came today from CHUD that Danny McBride wants to do more than just a straight adaptation of Hench. The film is being produced by Warner Bros., who also happen to own the rights to the DC Universe. McBride tells CHUD that ideally he wants to set Hench in the DC Universe, using familiar supervillains and possibly even superheroes.
Warner Bros. not like the idea of using the darker DC universe in a film intended to be a comedy. Still, it would be interesting to see a few cameos from famous DC heroes and villains if McBride ends up getting his way.
If you’re not already familiar with Eastbound & Down, I recommend it. Directors Jody Hill and David Gordon Green are behind most episodes and the show also features the talents of Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson. It’s one of the funniest shows on TV right now.