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Garth Ennis’s ‘The Boys’ Coming to Cinemax

If one Garth Ennis series on TV isn’t enough for you, then it’s your lucky day. Deadline reports that Garth Ennis’s comic book series The Boys was just put in development at Cinemax.

The 72-issue The Boys, which was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008, focuses on a group of super powered CIA agents, known as “the boys,” who clean up after the hard-partying superheroes of their world – and by “clean up,” I mean they kill the superheroes, who by all accounts, aren’t acting very super.

Like the AMC TV series based on Ennis’s Preacher, The Boys was developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The duo directed Preacher’s pilot episode, which will premiere May 22, and they’re also set to direct The Boys’s pilot. Reports from the Preacher preview at SXSW were enthusiastic, and if Rogen and Goldberg can adapt that series, we should have high hopes for The Boys.

The Cinemax pick-up also spells good things for The Boys’s future. The comic book series is known for its extreme violence, sexuality, and drug use, and Cinemax will be able to show more of that graphic content on premium cable. Cinemax also has comic adaptation Outcast on its slate, which will premiere June 3, and considering that show has already been picked up for a second season, it stands to reason that The Boys is in good hands.

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Supernatural creator Eric Kripke helped develop The Boys and will also write the series. If that news sounds a little scary for non-Supernatural fans, Garth Ennis and The Boys illustrator Darick Robertson will be serving as co-executive producers and can hopefully steer the show in the right direction if it ever gets off-track.

There’s no word on casting yet, but it’s well-known that Simon Pegg was the visual inspiration for The Boys character Wee Hughie, a Scottish conspiracy theorist who becomes a member of the team. Pegg was once attached to a movie adaptation of the comic, so we can all hope that with Seth Rogen and Pegg’s connection through Paul and with so many film actors making the jump to television – in Pegg’s case, it would be more of a jump back to television – that Pegg would be available to join the cast.

Excited about The Boys being adapted on screen? What should the show make sure to include? Who should be cast? We’d love to hear your thoughts! We will update you with more news on The Boys as the series develops.


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Kali O’Rourke

watches more television than anyone she's ever met. Luckily, this has so far served her well in her dream of becoming a television writer. In addition to showing off her knowledge of movie and TV trivia, she enjoys reading, listening to show tunes, and counting down to next Halloween.

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