2:48pm PT by Rick Porter
'The Boys' Spinoff in the Works at Amazon
Amazon is developing a spinoff to its superhero show The Boys.
The project has been in the works for a while but has been put on a fast track following strong performance for the show's second season on the tech giant's Prime Video streaming service.
The untitled spinoff, written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg, is set at America's only college exclusively for young superheroes — which is run by the shady corporation Vought International. Like the parent show, the spinoff is expected to be a very TV-MA series — described as part college show and part Hunger Games — that follows the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities.
Independent viewing figures for The Boys aren't available, and like other streamers, Amazon doesn't release detailed viewing figures for its programs. The company says, however, that season two had the most watched global debut ever for an Amazon original series, and over its first two weeks outpaced season one viewership by 89 percent. Amazon is releasing episodes of the show weekly, with the finale set for Oct. 9.
Nielsen's SVOD Content Ratings, which measure U.S. viewing only, said the first season of The Boys averaged 4.1 million viewers per episode over its first 10 days of release. Unlike the current season, the first run was released all at once.
The spinoff comes from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film. Rosenberg, who has an overall deal at Sony, will executive produce with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke; Point Grey's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver; and Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, creators of The Boys comic series, are also exec producing, as are Ken Levin and Jason Netter.