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The Boys Is Becoming Amazon’s Version Of The Walking Dead 

The popular Amazon series The Boys seems to be following a similar pathway as AMC’s The Walking Dead with an aftershow and now spinoff series

After a successful first season on Amazon, The Boys only had one way to go but up. Despite the review bombing and negative critiques about the series — which are mostly hateful comments as to how this season staggered its release over doing a massive debut drop — The Boys Season 2 has been a resounding success for Amazon. Doubling its worldwide audience, while attracting more weekly viewers as the season continues. 

Due to all of the success of the series, it’s been officially announced that a spinoff has been fast-tracked that’s now in the works. The spinoff will take place in a school setting, making it sound like a somewhat twisted play on the school for the gifted. Not unlike X-Men, or more recent deranged takes on the superhero: Umbrella Academy or Doom Patrol.

Likewise, given how ‘The Boys’ also has it’s own aftershow hosted by the lovely and hilarious Aisha Tyler, it seems reasonable to think that Amazon seems to be treating The Boys the same way AMC treats The Walking Dead. As a flagship for its Network and as a series that can be used to generate other intellectual properties. Though it’s still early to tell, given Eric Kripke’s successful history as a long-running showrunner with Supernatural and the fact that development executives, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, have actually worked with The Walking Dead‘s parent network, AMC, on another Garth Ennis written series: Preacher; it’s not that unfounded to believe that The Boys will be Amazon’s The Walking Dead. A show whose longstanding success and branding has led to a series of financially successful spinoffs.

As for details on The Boys spinoff, Variety had this to say in their initial report: 

“Set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (and run by Vought International), the Untitled Boys Spinoff 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.”

Preacher and Lost series veteran, Craig Rosenberg will be writing the pilot and serving as showrunner. Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg are all also still on board as producers, with Sony Pictures Television are once again producing.

About Christian Angeles

Christian Angeles is a screenwriter who likes sharing stories and getting to meet people. He also listens to words on the page via audible and tries to write in ways that make people feel things. All on a laptop. Sometimes from an app on his phone.

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