The Boys 2021 "C*ntdown" Kick-Off Proves a Whale of a Time (Too Soon?)

The new year means a return to work for The Boys showrunner/EP Eric Kripke and the team behind the Amazon Prime series. With production on the third season set to kick off in early 2021 (with EP Craig Rosenberg-directed "Payback"), Claudia Doumit's (Timeless) Congresswoman Victoria Neuman and Colby Minifie's (Fear the Walking Dead) Ashley Barrett will be getting a promotion to series regulars.

Kripke and Rosenberg are also developing a college-based series spinoff (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.

The Boys is c*nting down to the new year. (Image; Amazon Prime)
The Boys is c*nting down to the new year. (Image; Amazon Prime)

All of that sounds great, right? One small problem. That's 2021 and beyond- but we still have some days left in this s**thole of a year to get through first. Thankfully, the fine folks at the Supes-busting series didn't forget about us- kicking off a 12-day "C*ntdown" to end the year on some good notes. With a promise of a "present" every day for fans (maybe some season 3 intel?), the festivities kicked off on Sunday with a look at some behind-the-scenes pics from VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet. We think you'll like what's waiting for you below- in fact, we think you'll have a "whale" of a time (too soon? too tasteless? just a sh***y joke?):

 

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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.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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