With the Preacher TV series pilot getting a rapturous reception at SXSW, buzz is building around Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s landmark Vertigo comic. Now, another of Garth Ennis’ bloody and brilliant creations is heading to TV at Cinemax.
Deadline reports that Rogen, Goldberg and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke are working on an adaptation of Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys, which follows a team that polices superheroes.
This being an Ennis creation, these superheroes are unhinged, oversexed and ultraviolent, and the methods of bringing them to justice are often as brutal and twisted as the acts they commit.
“The series is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. It centers on a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.”
The squad is made up of Wee Hughie, who looks like Simon Pegg, leader Billy Butcher, good-hearted Mother’s Milk, ultraviolent The Frenchman and silent and extremely talented killer The Female. It ran from 2008-2012.
Rogen and Goldberg will direct the pilot while Kripke writes. Ennis and Robertson are on board as co-executive producers. Now, if they could just get Simon Pegg to play Wee Hughie…
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