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Seth Rogen Bringing Garth Ennis’ The Boys Comic to Cinemax

An image from The Boys comic

Is Cinemax the Right Home for The Boys Comic?

After successfully setting up The Preacher at AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have apparently gained a taste for the whole comic-to-show business, as they have now teamed up with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke to bring Garth Ennis’ dark The Boys comic book series to life at Cinemax. The comic book ran for 4 years, between 2008 and 2012, with the 72 issues, with the following basic plot:

The series is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. It centers on a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.

The CIA squad is made up of characters such as Billy Butcher, Mother’s Milk, ‘Wee’ Hughie, The Frenchman, and The Female.

The series will be R-rated due to its explicit imagery of sexual and violent scenes. The pilot will be directed by Rogen and Goldberg, and will be written by Kripke. The Boys comic was being considered for a feature film adaptation for a long time now, with Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay rumored to handle directing duties, but the TV series seems like a better format for The Boys comic, as there is a lot more material to cover than would easily fit in a single movie.

Cinemax will be picking up the show, which actually isn’t the first dark comic adaptation they’ve added to their slate, as they already have Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, a demonic possession/exorcism drama, set to premiere on June 3rd. And given that Cinemax is a premium cable channel, they will definitely not shy away from depicting all the “mature” stuff from the comics.

So, are you excited about this new collaboration between Rogen, Goldberg, and Kripke? Are they the right team to bring this comic to life? Let us know in the comments!

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