The Boys Lands At Amazon

by Erik Amaya

 

After years of false starts, Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson’s The Boys will be an Amazon Prime original.

Variety reports the streaming service has picked up the program — to be executive produced by Preacher‘s Seth Rogen and Aaron Goldberg — as a direct-to-series commitment. This means it will sidestep Amazon’s Pilot Season program and go straight into production. The pilot episode will be written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.

Curiously, the site also reports the show is the first project to emerge from Amazon’s “event series” unit, suggesting The Boys will have a very limited run. Considering the company canceled Z: The Beginning of Everything over the weekend after previously renewing it, building shows as limited series might be more advantageous creatively and commercially. Well, once they train Prime subscribers to understand that not all television shows should be open ended. As a fan of the original State of Play, I’d love to see more high quality limited series in the US market.

Originally published by DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint in 2006, The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes are as corruptible and fallible as any other celebrity. A CIA squad known as “The Boys” is tasked with monitoring the superpowered community and taking action when necessary. The title left Wildstorm after six issues as DC allegedly became uncomfortable with the book’s anti-superhero tone. It found a home at Dynamite Entertainment. There, Ennis, Robertson and other contributors continued to weave their superheros-run-amuck tale until 2012.

In 2008, Columbia Pictures optioned the book for adaptation as a feature film, where it lingered until 2012. Paramount reportedly picked up the rights, but the project withered away. In 2015, Rogen and Goldberg optioned the rights as a television show just as the buzz around Preacher began to build. Around that time, it was said the show would end up on Cinemax, but it seems that information was incorrect.

The Boys will join Amazon Prime’s The Tick as one of two shows directly inspired by comic book.s

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.