Well, this has been a pretty good week for showrunner/executive producer Eric Kripke and Amazon Prime's The Boys. First, we learned that filming on the third season was officially underway with a "golden Homelander" (yes, you read that right). Then, we learned that Kripke is being joined by more members of the Supernatural family- with Meredith Glynn and David Reed coming on board as executive producers, and Jim Michaels serving as a co-executive producer. While that would be more than enough for one week, Kripke wasn't quite done being in the "sharing" mood- taking to social media to post images of "Dawn of the Seven" star Homelander (Antony Starr) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Produced by Vought Studios, 'Dawn of the Seven" is a team-up movie in the Vought Cinematic Universe (VCU) offering a highly focus-grouped, marketable, whitewashed origin story for The Seven- and viewers got to see some of the production on the movie-within-a-TV-series during the second season. It appears the film's moving forward- and considering the "changes" that needed to be made, we're curious to see the final cut.
For a better look at the two banners as production continues grinding away, here's Kripke's tweet from earlier today:
Meanwhile, Kripke and Craig Rosenberg (who is also directing the season-opener "Payback") are also developing a college-based series spinoff from The Boys (with a pilot 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, Original Film, and NightSky Productions. 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; Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty; and Ken F. Levin and Jason Netter also executive produce