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Amazon Greenlights The Boys, Seth Rogen-Directed Superhero Series Based on Garth Ennis Comic

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Amazon Greenlights <i>The Boys</i>, Seth Rogen-Directed Superhero Series Based on Garth Ennis Comic

The Boys are back in town.

Amazon announced today that they’ve ordered a new one-hour, eight-episode superhero drama to series. The Boys, based on Garth Ennis (Preacher, the comic) and Darick Robertson’s comic book of the same name, will be created and written by showrunner Eric Kripke (Supernatural), and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher, the show). The Boys will debut exclusively on Prime Video in 2019.

The Boys follows the Preacher formula quite closely, in terms of both its source material and its production team. The Prime original series will be co-produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios, and executive produced by Kripke, Goldberg, Rogen, Neal H. Moritz (Prison Break) of Original Film, Ori Marmur (Preacher), Pavun Shetty (New Girl) and Point Grey Pictures’ James Weaver (Preacher). Comic creators Ennis and Robertson will co-executive produce, as well.

The show’s short but sweet synopsis is as follows:

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

“In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon Studios’s Head of Scripted Series, in a statement. “With Eric, Evan, Seth and Original Film all behind this series, we are excited to adapt this popular comic, from the visionary minds of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, for television.”

“We are very happy to have the unique opportunity to produce a second series based on the subversive and innovative world of Garth Ennis,” says Chris Parnell, Co-President of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “And we are thankful to Sharon and her team at Amazon for their vision, partnership and support.”

The Boys is set to begin filming next spring ahead of its 2019 release.

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