Amazon has given the green-light to a TV adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s 2008, 72-issue graphic novel, The Boys.

In a world where superheroes are embracing the darker side of their celebrity and fame, “the boys” are a vigilante group who have made it their job to take down the corrupt superheroes. The adaptation reunites the team behind the recent adaptation of Ennis’ other hit, Preacher, director duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who will be joined by Supernatural and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke as executive producer and showrunner, Sony Pictures TV Studios, and Neal H. Moritz’s studio-based Original Films.

The Boys, which has been in developments with Amazon for months, is part of the company’s push in genre-programming, headed by Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series for Amazon Studios, which is seeing a venture into straight-to-series orders, rather than pilots.

Much like Preacher, The Boys is also known for its explicit violence, and therefore, the studio is hopeful that the already-established audience for Preacher will spell success for this new show. The Boys has been in development over the past nine years, in the works as a movie at Columbia Pictures and Paramount, before moving into TV, where it was originally set up for development at Cinemax last year.

“In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Sharon Tal Yguado. “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.”

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

The Boys is reportedly to begin filming in spring next year, for a 2019 release.

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