How Amazon's new superhero TV show, 'The Boys,' was saved by 'that sweet, sweet Bezos money'08/01/2019
- Amazon’s new superhero TV series, “The Boys,” was originally set up at Cinemax, but was out of the network’s budget, according to showrunner Eric Kripke.
- The series was picked up by Amazon after being dumped by Cinemax.
- “They wanted something edgy that still appealed to a broader audience,” Kripke told Business Insider. “We were a perfect fit and checked all the boxes. And we were happy because they have that sweet, sweet Bezos money.”
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Amazon’s new superhero TV series, “The Boys,” could have been a much different show.
Showrunner Eric Kripke, who cocreated the series with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen,told Business Insider in an interview last month that the trio originally sold the pitch to and wrote the pilot for Cinemax. But that didn’t work out.
“They said it was way beyond their budget,” Kripke said. “To their credit, they let it go. They didn’t develop a watered-down version. They just couldn’t afford it.”
This was close to three years ago, when Amazon “had the appetite to make something noisy and different,” according to Kripke.
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