Who watches the Watchmen? The Boys watch the Watchmen, and they’re coming to Cinemax!
The Boys was a creator-owned comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson that followed a brutal CIA team charged with keeping superhumans in line that was published by Dynamite Entertainment. And now Deadline is reporting that The Boys are heading to Cinemax with a new adaptation written by Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural.
Overseeing The Boys is the producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who already have a TV adaptation of Ennis’ Preacher slated to debut on AMC next month. Much like The Boys comic, the series would take place in a world where superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and needlessly reckless with the lives of innocent civilians. “The Boys” exist to keep those superhuman threats for going too far, and they have a mandate to kill the so-called heroes if necessary.
Neil Moritz will also executive produce The Boys for Cinemax, alongside Rogen, Goldberg, Ennis, and Robertson. Sony TV, Original Film, and Point Grey will be the primary production companies. Rogen and Goldberg are also slated to co-direct the pilot episode of The Boys.
The Boys had previously been in development as a feature film, just like Preacher. And both projects stalled in development hell before Rogen and Goldberg took them out as television pitches. The Boys comic book series was also known for extreme violence and occasionally vile content. But that’s pretty much Ennis’ trademark. Cinemax is the perfect home for a show like that.
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