Amazon has greenlighted superhero drama “The Boys” to series with an eight-episode order, Deadline breaks the news.
In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, “The Boys” revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
Based on the comic book by “Preacher’s” Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, it was created by “Supernatural” creator and “Timeless” co-creator Eric Kripke and will be directed by the “Preacher” duo of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen!
Like with “Preacher”, which had gone though numerous TV and feature incarnations over 16 years until it was finally made by AMC, “The Boys” also has had a long development history. Over the past nine years, it had been in the works as a movie at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. The TV series adaptation from Kripke, Goldberg, Rogen, Original Film and Sony TV originally was set up for development at Cinemax last year. The Boys comic, which like Preacher pushes the envelope on violent content, ran for 72 issues from 2008-12, published initially by Wildstorm (#1-6) and then by Dynamite Entertainment.
The project hails from Sony Pictures TV Studios, which will co-produce with Amazon, and Neal H. Moritz’s studio-based Original Films.