Finally, some news about The Boys! Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke were reported to be working on a TV series based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s filthy, brutal and hilarious anti-superhero comic last year, and it looks like the future’s looking bright for kicking the shit out of misbehaving caped crusaders.
Deadline reports that Amazon has given the green light to the comic book TV series about a small team of killers, psychos and kind-hearted Scotsmen who take superheroes down when they go out of control, handing down an eight-episode order and bypassing the usual pilot testing phase. It’s part of a new initiative at Amazon to focus on more genre material (yay!), and to take more shows straight to series.
These initiatives are being spearheaded by new Head Of Scripted Series Sharon Tal Yguado, who said, “In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre. With Eric, Evan, Seth and Original Film all behind this series, we are excited to adapt this popular comic, from the visionary minds of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, for television.”
Of course, Rogen and Goldberg have experience with bringing Garth Ennis’ particular brand of witty ultraviolence, social commentary and WTF to TV thanks to their excellent adaptation of Preacher. As with Preacher, the duo will direct and produce, while Kripke will write and act as showrunner.
The Boys is expected to begin filming in Spring next year, so fingers crossed we hear some casting announcements soon…Simon Pegg has to be getting a phone call about Wee Hughie, surely.
Here’s the synopsis for Volume 1: The Name Of The Game:
“From the dark and twisted mind of Garth Ennis, co-creator of Preacher and Hitman, and the savage pencil of Darick Robertson, artist of Transmetropolitan, comes a darkly hilarious story that will change the way you look at superheroes forever! Meet Billy Butcher. He’s not a nice man, and neither are his team: the Frenchman, Mother’s Milk, and the Female. They hate “capes”…and so does Billy’s newest recruit, Wee Hughie, whose girlfriend has just become collateral damage in a super-brawl. But does Hughie know what he’s getting into?This hugely controversial new series – which caused an uproar upon original publication – explores the sordid side of superheroics! Warning: Adults Only!
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