Amazon To Develop ‘The Boys’ College-Based Spinoff

by Erik Amaya

The Boys are going to college.

Or, at least, the premise of a spinoff from the successful Amazon series will focus on the “only college exclusively for young adult superheroes,” according to Deadline. And as the description of the proposed show puts it the “irreverent, R-rated” series will explore “the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.”

In universe, Vought International runs the college, but on our world, the series will be produced by Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg, Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, the EP duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty — all through their related production companies. Rosenberg will serve as showrunner.

Reportedly, the spinoff had been in the works for sometime, but the success of The Boys second season launch gave Amazon the confidence that the show could foster a franchise. The move is, of course, ironic as the mothership series takes regular potshots at huge corporations mining superheroes for stories and profits. Indeed, the most recent episode saw a few jabs pointed in the director of Justice League‘s continuing issues and its infamous reshoot writer/director Joss Whedon.

But, presumably, those sorts of jokes will recede on the spinoff in favor of tried-and-true college tropes like fraternity hazing, illicit drug sales, and sexual escapades. Throw in The Boys‘ brand of superpowers and you’ll get something akin to last week’s terrifying sex scene between Stormfront (Aya Cash) and Homelander (Antony Starr); a series built to gross you out.

It is unclear how quickly the series might go into production, but Deadline says the project has been fast-tracked.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. 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.

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