While the final days of what's been a righteously s****y year seem to be taking forever, at least The Boys showrunner and EP Eric Kripke, as well as the team behind the Amazon Prime series, are trying to make them a little more tolerable with their 12-day "C*ntdown" to 2021. With a promise of a "present" every day for fans (we're holding out for some quality season 3 or spinoff stuff as it gets closer to New Year's Day), the festivities kicked off with a look at some behind-the-scenes pics from VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet of the (in)famous "whale impaled by speedboat" scene, while the second day brought a wonderfully disturbing look behind the scenes at the "mind-blowing" Vought courtroom scene from the seventh episode of the second season. So what's on tap for today? A reminder of some second-season sibling heartbreak- and a quick lesson in Japanese.
In the following post, we get a look at Abraham Lim (Kenji Miyashiro) and Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko Miyashiro aka The Female) on set and working up dialogue and script run-through before cameras roll again. Just so we're all on the same page, "Mamoreru" is Japanese for "I can protect you"- which kicked us in the feels hard after we remembered the heartbreaking irony to the phrase. Thankfully, Lim's well-timed promise at the end got a good smile out of us:
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Kripke and Rosenberg are also developing a college-based series spinoff from The Boys (written by Rosenberg and with a fast track order from Amazon). Set at America's only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (run by Vought International), the series is described as an irreverent, R-rated exploration of the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities.
Though it's still a little early in the planning process, Kripke had some details to offer during an interview with THR. First, Kripke wants fans to know that the series isn't the result of Amazon looking to milk the franchise for all it's worth: this was the team's idea. "First, it didn't come from Amazon telling us, 'Hey, you're a hit, you must do a lot more of the same.' It came from me, [The Boys EPs] Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Craig Rosenberg just talking. We stumbled on to this corner of the universe that we really loved and we took it to them," Kripke explained.
As for the concept of the series (which strikes us as a cross between medical school students finding out where their residencies and college athletes getting drafted to pro teams), Kripke was able to elaborate on the different "supes perspective" viewers will have. 'It's a Vought-owned college where young kids with powers are trained as to how to be proper superheroes, all leading to an NBA-style draft at the end of the year. It's sort of like a college sports show meets Fame, because they also have to go to acting classes and marketing classes. It's going to be a very character-driven, hopefully incredibly realistic, college show," he explained.
Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television are set to produce, in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises, and Original Film. Rosenberg will pen the pilot and serve as executive producer/showrunner on the spinoff as part of his overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. The Boys developer/executive producer Kripke and fellow EPs, Point Grey Pictures' Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver; and Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty, also executive produce.