Variety has announced a bunch of shows in various stages of orders at Amazon and The Boys, a dark take on superheroes from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is in “script order” with a possible “event series” in the works:
“The Boys,” a Sony Pictures TV project from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, has received a script order from Amazon and is being eyed for a possible straight-to-series pickup. Based on the comic book series by “Preacher” creator Garth Ennis, the hour-long drama is being written by Eric Kripke, with executive producers Rogen and Goldberg set to direct. The project is the first to emerge from the event-series unit formed when Fox International Channels veteran Sharon Tal Yguado joined Price’s development team in January.
This “event series unit” is tasked with creating what we call “limited series” not endless ongoings. Amazon has been canceling some shows of late, so making finite series makes a lot of sense.
…as does the Rogen/Goldberg unit taking on The Boys. I’ll confess, I haven’t been able to get into Preacher because it’s just so…weird. I think it was always meant to be a comic book.
The Boys, however is right in the Rogen/Goldberg wheelhouse of outrageous bad behavior from man-children, and far more streaming-friendly: the story involves a world where superheroes rapidly become entitled assholes who F*** shit up. The Boys are a CIA led team assigned to reign ’em in.
Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long for this project to get a greenlight.
The book has a strange history, having started at Wildstorm, but the content rapidly got too hot for DC to handle, with Dynamite picking up the publishing rights, which it found a happy home for its 75 issue run.
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