Amazon's THE BOYS Greenlit for 2019 Debut

"The Boys #1" cover
Credit: Darrick Robertson (Dynamite Entertainment)

Updated November 8, 2017: Following its option of the comic book earlier this year, Amazon has greenlit a live-action The Boys series for an eight-episode first season, according to Deadline. The show is scheduled to begin filming in early 2018 for a planned 2019 debut.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is developing the show, with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen penciled in to direct the first episode. The show is being developed under the Sony Pictures TV Studios banner, in partnership with Amazon and Neal H. Moritz' Original Films.

“In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon Studios' Head of Scripted Series. “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.”

The Boys is framed as the flagship project in a new Amazon initiative for genre programming.

Original Story: Mirroring its own comic book publishing origins a bit, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Boys TV adaptation has jumped from Cinemax to Amazon Prime, reports Variety. Amazon have put in a script order for the TV show based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's superhero tale, with an eye - according to the Hollywood trade - "for a possible straight-to-series pickup."

Like the Cinemax version reported on in April 2016, Amazon's The Boys pilot script is written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in line to produce and direct the pilot.

Rogen and Goldberg are already running the TV adaptation of Ennis (and Steve Dillon's) Preacher at AMC. Robertson's comics work is also popular in being adaptated, with his Image series Happy! (written by Grant Morrison) is scheduled to debut in a few months on Syfy.

The Boys has been optioned for development on several occasions, including as movie projects for both Columbia Pictures and Paramount.

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