At long last an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s superhero comic book series The Boys is ready for the world. According to Deadline, Amazon has greenlit an eight episode first season for a TV series based on the comic coming from Supernatural co-creator Eric Kripke and will be directed by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen who are the duo behind AMC’s hit adaptation Preacher, another of Ennis’ comic books.
Unlike most superhero focused comics, The Boys presents a world where the heroes are not the sterling beacons of light they are in most comics. Instead celebrity and fame have warped most heroes as they just take what they want, while the messed up dark group known as the Boys are a group of vigilantes that brutally take down the corrupt world of superheroes.
“In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Sharon Tal Yguado. “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.”
Originally a series under DC Comics Wildstorm imprint in 2008 before shifting to Dynamite Comics where it ran for 72 issues, The Boys has bounced around for nine years as a property set to be adapted. Previously this adaptation was slated to be on Cinemax before the channel passed, and before that both Paramount and Columbia Pictures were eyeing film adaptations.
This is the first series to get the greenlight from Amazon Studios since the former head Roy Price was fired because allegations of sexual harassment. After being in development for months, The Boys adaptation benefited from the company’s decision to turn towards more genre programming & the decision to order things straight to series rather than sticking to their original plans to just churn out pilots first to be tested by audiences before a series is ordered.
The Boys is set to begin filming in the spring of 2018 with eyes on a 2019 release.