Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Are Bringing The Boys To Amazon
Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series, The Boys, is coming to Amazon! The Preacher executive producing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are joining forces with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke for The Boys. Kripke is currently writing the pilot script and it may even get the rare straight-to-series order from Amazon.
Variety broke the news, but buried it under some Fred Armisen show that we don’t care about. Because really, it’s The Boys that has our attention. Much like Preacher, Hollywood wasted too much time trying to make The Boys into a movie when it should have been a TV series all along. Plus, even a R-rated movie would have had a hard time bringing The Boys to life. In terms of content, we’re talking more NC-17, and maybe even a little more intense than that.
Simon Pegg wrote the introduction for The Boys’ first trade paperback, and it’s maybe the all-time greatest way to describe the series: “‘Who watches the watchmen?’ The Boys of course, and they kick the living, f***ing s*** out of them to boot. Hell, I’m in.” We’ve always thought that Ennis hated superheroes, and The Boys is the natural extension of that hate. Ennis sees superheroes as reckless jerks who don’t care how much they hurt or even kill the people that they’re supposed to protect. Instead, the heroes are just wannabe celebrities who screw around. Let’s just say that super-powered orgies are a thing in this world.
To be clear, this is actually a dark comedy series, but The Boys has all of the action you could possibly want. The book is about Billy Butcher, and his CIA black ops team; which includes Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, the Female of the Species, and a seemingly regular guy named Wee Hughie. You may notice that Wee Hughie looks a lot like Pegg, and that was totally not a coincidence. The Boys have their own set of powers; which they use on the heroes who get out of line. Billy’s kind of a sadist too, since he loves killing heroes.
It’s all super-powered carnage and mayhem on the surface, but there is actually a lot more going on in The Boys. Every one of the main characters had their lives ruined by superheroes, and they’re all monsters in their own way. But that’s the thing about Ennis; he can make his monsters feel like real people. Even Billy Butcher has some humanity despite being a real bastard.
A couple of years back, Cinemax was actually trying to make a Boys TV series from the same creative team. But we think that Amazon will probably be a better home for it. AMC has been able to go pretty far with its adaptation of Preacher, but it’s still holding back. Amazon doesn’t have to deal with TV ratings, since it’s not really television. This is the best chance that The Boys has to land in live-action more or less intact. And that’s going to be exciting, if that series order goes through.
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