Seth Rogen to bring Garth Ennis' dark comic book series The Boys to TV

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Apr 7, 2016, 12:06 PM EDT

After working their magic on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s DC/Vertigo comic-book series Preacher for AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are at it again, with the dynamic duo and Neal Morritz set to bring The Boys to TV.

According to Deadline, Cinemax has greenlit the development of a new live-action TV series adapting Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's ultra-dark and violent comic books, which ran for 72 issues between 2008 and 2012. Initially published by Wildstorm (issues 1 through 6) it was then picked up by Dynamite Entertainment.

Developed by Rogen, Goldberg and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, the pilot will be penned by Kripke (who will also serve as executive producer) with Rogen and Goldberg -- who helmed the Preacher pilot together -- on directing duties. Here’s how The Boys is described:

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.

That special CIA squad? Well, it's made up of characters named Billy Butcher, Mother's Milk, 'Wee' Hughie, The Frenchman and The Female. Yep.

Some of you may already know that the road to The Boys has been a long one -- though not as long as Preacher's. For the past eight years, it had been in the works as a feature film at Columbia Pictures and Paramount before finally making its merry way into the hands of Seth Rogen & Co.

The Boys is actually the second comic-book adaptation picked up by Cinemax. They also have Robert Kirkman’s demonic possession/exorcism drama series Outcast, based on Kirkman's comic of the same name, set to premiere June 3. And since Cinemax is a premium cable channel ... well, let's just say they’ll be able to push the comic book’s “mature” stuff to the limits.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Boys on your TV screens? Do you think it's in good hands?

(via Deadline)