When it was revealed that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would be bringing Garth Ennis' comic Preacher to AMC, I speculated here on the site this could be the opportunity for his other R-rated comic, The Boys, to follow a similar path. Not long after, the first rumors of exactly that happening began to emerge, and now today it's a go.
Deadline reports that Rogen, Goldberg, and Neal Moritz are taking The Boys to Cinemax. Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will write the pilot which Rogen and Goldberg will direct. The comic ran for six years and was set in a world where superheroes exist, but they are completely fu**ked up for the most part, meaning they use their powers recklessly since they feel like untouchable celebrities. The Boys are a government-sponsored team led by Billy Butcher who keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get out of line. The comic was notable for basically shitting on Marvel and DC in equal measure, creating characters that resemble well-known ones but with a perverted twist.
For years it was Adam McKay who fought to adapt the comic for the big screen, but at the time studios were less open to a film that showed superheroes as sexually depraved or bloodthirsty. Fortunately, TV doesn't have a problem with that at all, especially in light of Deadpool's R-rated glory. Now hopefully Rogen can get Simon Pegg to play Hughie, because obviously.