Amazon continues to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to genre programming, officially greenlighting an eight-episode adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's superhero drama comic, The Boys.
Created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless) and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (Preacher), Deadline: Hollywood also reports the series order comes less than three months after the streaming service initially announced the project was being developed. Sony Pictures TV Studios will co-produce with Amazon, and Neal H. Moritz's studio-based Original Films.
The Boys ran for 72 issues between 2008 and 2012, initially published by Wildstorm for the first six issues before moving to Dynamite Entertainment for the remainder of its run. Here's a quick overview of the comic book series:
THIS IS GOING TO HURT! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. And someone will. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman and The Female are The Boys: A CIA backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth-superpower. Some superheores have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them-sometimes-need to be taken out of the picture That's when you call in THE BOYS
Since Sharon Tal Yguado took over as head of scripted series for Amazon Studios, the streaming service has been aiming to up its genre programming slate and direct-to-series orders. To that end, creators behind such hits as The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman) and Stranger Things (Justin Doble) have been signed to exclusive contracts to create original content for Amazon. From a series standpoint, Amazon is also pursuing a Lord of the Rings adaptation and has put a number of genre dramas into development; including Lazarus, Snow Crash and Ringworld.
"In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre. 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."
– Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios
Set to begin filming in 2018 for a 2019 release, The Boys will be executive produced by showrunner Kripke, Goldberg, Rogen, Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty and Point Grey Pictures' James Weaver.