Dead Boy Detectives is heading to HBO Max. The streaming service has given the green light to a drama series based on the DC comic book by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner. Starring George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri and Kassius Nelson, the series follows two deceased British teenagers and their living friend. Eight episodes of the horror drama have been ordered.
HBO Max revealed more about the upcoming series in a press release.
“HBO Max ordered the Max Original DC drama DEAD BOY DETECTIVES to the series. From Emmy(R) nominee Steve Yockey (The stewardess), Doom Patrol Jeremy Carver, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is an eight-episode crime horror series born out of DC The sand man and Dead Boy Detectives comic books. It’s a retelling of a ghost story that explores loss, grief and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two deceased British teenagers, and their very living friend, Crystal Palace. . So it’s a lot like a vintage detective series – only darker and more acidic.
Steve Yokey (The Air Hostess, Supernatural, Doom Patrol) wrote the pilot episode of DEAD BOY DETECTIVES and serves as showrunner. Yockey, Jeremy Carver (Doom Patrol, Supernatural), Greg Berlanti (You, the Flash), and Sarah Schechter (The stewardess, you) are the executive producers of the series. Lee Toland Krieger (Superman and LoisComing The Green Lantern) directed the pilot episode and also served as executive producer on the pilot alongside David Madden (Superman and Lois). Based on characters created for DC by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Yockey, Carver, Berlanti Productions and Krieger are all under global contracts with WBTV.
George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri (The cottage) stars as Dead Boy Detectives Edwin Payne (Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Revri), and Kassius Nelson (Last night in Soho, Hollyoaks) plays the role of Crystal Palace. Additional series stars include Briana Cuoco (The flight attendant, Harley Quinn) as Jenny the Butcher, Ruth Connell (Supernatural) as a night nurse (reprising her role in the “Dead Patrol” episode of Doom Patrol), Yuyu Kitamura (Expats) as Niko, and Jenn Lyon (Claws, justified) like Esther.
Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content at HBO Max, had the following to say about the series:
“We are thrilled to expand further into the DC Universe with Steve, Jeremy and the team at Berlanti with this exciting new take on a detective series. We have been enthralled by the world of Dead Boy Detectives that Steve and Jeremy have first introduced in “Doom Patrol,” and we can’t wait to follow the supernatural sleuths in the sinister mysteries to come.
Steve Yockey, the showrunner, also spoke about the series:
“I’ve been obsessed with this comic for a long time, so it’s a real passion project. And Jeremy, Berlanti Productions, DC, WBTV, HBO Max — they’re all encouraging me to run with all the wild, bizarre, unsettling choices. The result is going to be really dark and fun.
A premiere date for the new DC series will be announced later.
What do you think? Are you planning on checking out this new show on HBO Max?