Amazon Studios has given the green light to an eight-episode order for The Boys, a new series based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The streaming studio ordered a pilot script for the series earlier this fall, and is now going to put the show straight into production.
The book, published between 2006 and 2012 and lasting for 72 issues, takes place in a world where superheroes existed -- only most of them are hopelessly corrupted and made reckless by their celebrity status. As a result, a CIA black ops squad known only as "The Boys," under the auspices of leader Billy Butcher, is formed with the express purpose of keeping the world's superheroes in check by any means necessary.
Ennis set out to push the limits of sex and violence even further with The Boys than he did with Preacher, which may have been why the series was canceled by initial publisher Wildstorm after six issues (the anti-superhero tone may have been a factor as well, since Wildstorm was owned by DC). It was quickly snatched up by Dynamite, where the book prospered until the end of its run.
The team behind the successful AMC adaptation of Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will direct the show, while Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will serve as creator and showrunner. All three will also executive produce, along with Ennis, Robertson, Neal Moritz and others involved with the Preacher TV series.
"In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre," Amazon Studios Head of Scripted Series Sharon Tal Yguado said. "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.”
The Boys has actually been in development for years, with both Columbia Pictures and Paramount Studios kicking the tires as a possible feature film at different points. It eventually moved over to cable TV, where Cinemax developed it for a while, before finally finding a new home in the streaming space.
The series is slated to begin filming in the spring of 2018 for a 2019 premiere, and we'll stayed tuned for casting news. Have you read The Boys and are you pleased to see it adapted as a live-action series?