Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have one perverse comic adaptation headed to small screens (AMC’s Preacher premieres in May) and today brings word of another project cut from the same cloth – they’ve signed on to direct a pilot based on The Boys, a dark take-that! to superheroes also written by Preacher scribe Garth Ennis, for Cinemax.
Teaming with producer Neil Moritz (the Fast & Furious series) writer Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural and Revolution), Rogen and Goldberg will bring to life “the boys,” a CIA black ops team whose job is to corral increasingly amoral and reckless superheroes and, in some cases, kill them. The Boys ran for 72 issues from 2008-2012, published initially by Wildstorm (#1-6) and then by Dynamite Entertainment.
The Boys, like Preacher, is one of the comic properties that has bounced around Hollywood for years, starting out as film projects before the Golden Age of Television opened the door to risque and ambitious shows. At one point, Adam McKay was going to direct a film adaptation post-The Other Guys but was unable to get financing due to the material. Cinemax is staking ground in the dark comic adaptation department, with Robert Kirkman’s Outcast premiering in June.
The earliest you can expect The Boys is late 2017 but a first quarter 2018 premiere is more likely.