10 Cloverfield Lane helmer Dan Trachtenberg has been tapped to direct the first episode of Amazon’s straight-to-series superhero drama The Boys. He’s stepping in for executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who were set to direct the first episode but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.
Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. The series is scheduled to begin filming this spring for a 2019 release on Prime Video.
“Dan’s a massive fan of the comic like us, and we’re massive fans of his, so we’re excited to have his more talented skill set brought to the show,” Rogen and Goldberg said.
Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence), Antony Starr (Banshee), Nathan Mitchell (iZombie), Dominique McElligott (House of Cards), Erin Moriarty (Captain Fantastic), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), and Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) are set to star.
The project hails from Sony Pictures TV Studios, which will co-produce with Amazon, and Neal H. Moritz’s studio-based Original Films.
The Boys will be executive produced by Kripke, who also will serve as showrunner, Goldberg, Rogen, Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur (Preacher) and Pavun Shetty, as well as Jason Netter, Ken Levin and Point Grey Pictures’ James Weaver (Preacher). Ennis and Robertson will co-executive produce.
Trachtenberg’s most recent projects include directing 10 Cloverfield Lane for Paramount and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, and the episode “Playtest” of the acclaimed series, Black Mirror. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Oasis Media and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.