With his hit comic book Preacher receiving the television treatment on AMC, writer Garth Ennis just had another one of his dark, mature comics picked up for adaptation. Cinemax has announced they have put The Boys into development with the same producing team from Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Both Rogen and Goldberg are slated to direct the pilot episode based off a script by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke
Writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson’s The Boys follows a special CIA operative group whose objective is to monitor and keep tabs on the world’s superheroes who have taken their celebrity status and perverted and corrupted their fame. It is the mission of The Boys to keep these superheroes in check, even if that means eliminating them.
The Boys debuted in October 2006 under DC Comics’ imprint Wildstorm. After only six issues, and creative differences between Ennis/Robertstorm and Wildstorm, issue #7 picked up where it left off on Dynamite Publishing, where it lasted another 66 issues (72 in total). Both Ennis and Robertson are listed as executive producers for The Boys Cinemax adaptation. As this announcement is quite recent, there are no details at this time as to casting, production, or scheduled release date, with most experts looking at 2017.
By developing The Boys, Cinemax adds to their darker themed series, such as Outcast by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) which debuted at SXSW last month. The 10-episode series will debut on Cinemax on June 3rd and has already been optioned for a second season.
Preacher debuts on AMC on May 22nd @ 10/9c.