by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
After having success taking Preacher from an in-development-hell flick to a series on AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have set their sights on another Garth Ennis property.
The duo along with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke are shopping around a version of Ennis’ comic book The Boys to various networks according to online sources.
I absolutely loved The Boys as it ran monthly. It was set in a world of superheroes, but Superman and Captain America these people are not. The “heroes” in this world are debaucherous, dangerous and self-serving. The Boys is a goverment-funded task force of five operatives who keep the heroes in line and occasionally, if need be, take them out.
Originally The Boys was set to be a major motion picture directed by Adam McKay, but that kind of fizzled out and the property got shelved until this happened.
The books are full of violence and sex and stuff that was just so wrong but oh so right. Even with America’s current fascination with comic book properties (Flash, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) I can’t see this being everyone’s cup of tea. If Rogen, Goldberg and Kripke managed to get this on a network like AMC or FX (where they’d get a little more leeway) I could see this being more successful than if they got picked up by a network like NBC, ABC or The CW.
I’ll know how much faith I have in Rogen and Goldberg bringing The Boys to the small screen once I see how they do with Preacher. I’m trying to keep an open mind until it hits the airwaves in 2016 on AMC. Until then, I’ll reserve total judgment on the possible bastardization of one of my favorite comics of recent memory.