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'The Boys' gets spinoff R-rated series set in superhero college

By Kara Santos Published Sep 27, 2020 9:01 pm

Amazon’s wildly popular superhero series The Boys is getting a spinoff series set in superhero college.

According to a report by Deadline, Amazon is fast-tracking the spinoff following the success of the original series. In its first two weeks, season two of The Boys managed to double their worldwide viewership over season one, making it the most-watched global launch of an Amazon Original series ever.

The project, written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg, has reportedly been in the works for a while. 

Set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (and run by Vought International), the untitled show is described as "an irreverent, R-rated series that explores 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. Part college show, part Hunger Games – with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.”

The same studios behind the original series – Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film – will be handling the series expansion.

Rosenberg will pen the pilot and serve as executive producer/showrunner under his overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. The Boys developer/executive producer Eric Kripke and fellow The Boys EPs, Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver; and Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty, will also serve as executive producers.

Key people and lead studio Sony Pictures TV confirmed the news on Twitter, with Rogen referencing The Boys own cynical version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Kripke thanking fans for the show's massive success.

Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a dark, satirical take on the entire superhero genre, with jabs taken at both Marvel and DC characters.

In The Boys, superheroes are considered celebrities and are as influential as politicians. While they’re revered by common people as gods, the corrupt characters abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good.

The series is an extremely mature and often grimy reimagining of masked vigilantes controlled by Vought – a shady multibillion-dollar conglomerate that handles The Seven and covers up all of their dirty secrets.

The Boys season two finale is slated for October 9 on Amazon Prime Video.

(Image via Amazon Prime)