Adapting the cult-favorite comic book Preacher may wind up being one of the greatest accomplishments of the movie and TV producing pair of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. With Season 3 dropping soon, Preacher continues to push the boundaries of television. But another comic book that they’re bringing to life, Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys, could be an even more impressive achievement.
The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, and Elisabeth Shue and is an action series about a world where superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and run reckless. The CIA creates a squad to monitor superheroes, casually known as “The Boys” to handle these "heroes gone wild" situations. When it originally came out, The Boys was dubbed by Ennis as a series that would “out-Preacher Preacher” as a way to distinguish the series that had strong sexual overtones and illustrated brutally violent stories. In total, the series published 72 issues over six years.
During a conference call Thursday promoting the new Season of Preacher, Rogen and Goldberg gave an update on The Boys production, noting how it'll be different from AMC's Southern-fried gothic horror show and how Amazon Studios probably wouldn't have been interested in it, if not for the success of Preacher.
"While Preacher is by far, the most genre-bending thing out there,The Boys is much more grounded in reality," Goldberg explained. "But it is equally insane in its own unbelievably gritty, unforgiving analysis of societal flaws through this very different story."
He added, "No doubt, that they would have even considered letting us do this, or anyone I would imagine, without the success of Preacher."
"That’s what Preacher did," explained Rogen. "It was dubbed un-makeable. That was crazy to us, we couldn't have had a clearer vision of how do this. A similar thing was happening to The Boys, it was handed off to people who are, by all means, more suitable to make it than us, and for whatever reason, they couldn’t. The whole time we were like, ‘We get this, we can do this. This is not that crazy to us.' "
Rogen also noted, "We understand how this world works and partnered with Eric Kripke (Supernatural) as series showrunner, who really understands how the world works, and getting one of my favorites in Dan Tractenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) to direct the first episode was a thrill. We were just in Toronto, watching them film. They’re filming the second and third episode right now!"
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