After what seems like an eternity of development, Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson’s The Boys will finally be a series on Amazon Prime’s streaming video service.
Deadline reports the newest version of the project — spearheaded by Preacher producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg — will go straight to series with an eight-episode order. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will serve as showrunner with Rogen and Goldberg slotted to direct the pilot.
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 that deal, like so many others, also fell through.
Amazon first became part of The Boys lengthy development process back in September when the streaming service began to move away from expensively produced niche shows like Z: The Beginning of Everything and sought out genre concepts in the hopes of find a hit. The push only increased when many of Amazon Videos top executives were fired amid sexual assault scandals. Nevertheless, the search for a genre success continued with projects based on Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Larry Niven’s Ringworld also in the works.
The Boys is expected to debut in 2019.