9:11am PT by Kate Stanhope
Seth Rogen Superhero Drama 'The Boys' Lands Series Order at Amazon
Seth Rogen is bringing another comic book to the small screen.
Amazon has given a series order to The Boys, a superhero drama based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the retail giant/streaming outlet announced Wednesday.
The Boys takes places in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame and 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.
Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will serve as creator and showrunner on the project, which will be directed by Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg. The trio will exec produce with Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz (Prison Break), Ori Marmur (Preacher), Pavun Shetty (New Girl), and James Weaver of Rogen and Goldberg's Point Grey Pictures. Ennis and Robertson are on board as co-executive producers. The Boys marks a reunion for the Preacher team of Rogen, Goldberg, Moritz and Ennis.
Sony Pictures Television Studios, also home to Rogen's AMC comic book adaptation Preacher and his upcoming Hulu comedy Future Man, will co-produce with Amazon Studios.
The eight-episode first season will begin filming in spring of 2018 for a 2019 debut.
For Amazon, the series green light comes after a major housecleaning at the troubled streamer, which recently saw the recent departures of entertainment chief Roy Price (following sexual harassment allegations), comedy and drama head Joe Lewis, international chief Morgan Wandell (who left for a position at Apple) and reality head Conrad Green.
In addition to the allegations made against Price, by Man in the High Castle producer Isa Hackett, Amazon had been reshifting its programming strategy in recent months in hopes of finding the next big Game of Thrones-type hit. Recently canceled Amazon series include period dramas The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything.
"In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Amazon Studios' head of scripted series 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.”
For Sony TV, the pickup comes after several exec changes as well. Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht left in June for Apple, a year after the abrupt exit of longtime chairman Steve Mosko. In July, Jeff Frost was named president of Sony Pictures Television Studios while Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell were promoted to co-presidents.
Although vertical integration has hit independent TV studios hard in recent years as networks look to increase ownership of their content, Sony has had success this fall thanks to freshman breakout The Good Doctor, which earned a full-season order at ABC after just two episodes and has quickly risen to become ABC's top-rated hourlong. In recent months, Sony TV has also been aggressive about teaming with top talent, such as Shawn Ryan, Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, and Rogen and Goldberg, who now have three series at the studio.