Next month, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's new series Preacher will debut on AMC, based on the beloved comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Today, Deadline reports that the producers are shepherding another one of Garth Ennis's comic books, The Boys, which has been put into development at Cinemax. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming up with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke for this new series.
The Boys ran for 72 issues between 2008 and 2012, with Wildstorm publishing the first six issues before the series shifted to Dynamite Entertainment. The story is set in a world filled with superheroes who have become celebrities, whose egotistical behavior oftentimes ends up doing more harm than good. The title characters are a group of CIA agents who are tasked with overseeing these heroes from the shadows, and, if necessary, taking them out.
Much like Preacher before it, The Boys was initially set to be adapted as a feature film, with Columbia Pictures picking up the rights in 2008. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi were set to write the script shortly thereafter, with Adam McKay sought to direct back in 2010, but that was the last we heard about the movie adaptation. Neal H. Moritz, who was originally attached to produce the movie, is now set to executive produce the TV series.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing the story with Eric Kripke, who will write the pilot script, based on the comic series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Eric Kripke, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, James Weaver, Ken F. Levin and Jason Netter. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson will serve as co-executive producers.
Aside from the upcoming Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg both co-wrote the upcoming comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which Seth Rogen stars in and hits theaters May 20. They also produced and co-wrote the animated comedy Sausage Party, which hits theaters on August 12. Are you looking forward to The Boys debuting on the small screen?