Amazon has ordered an original one-hour, eight-episode superhero drama The Boys to series, which will screen exclusively on Prime video in 2019.
Co-produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios, the series is created and written by showrunner Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (Preacher).
Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson, who created the comic book on which the series is based, will co-executive produce.
In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centres 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.
“In a landscape saturated with superhero shows, The Boys is the next evolution in this popular genre,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.
“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.”
“We are very happy to have the unique opportunity to produce a second series based on the subversive and innovative world of Garth Ennis,” says Chris Parnell, Co-President of Sony Pictures Television Studios.
“And we are thankful to Sharon and her team at Amazon for their vision, partnership, and support.”
The series is scheduled to begin filming in the spring of 2018 for a 2019 release and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories, including the UK.