Neil Gaiman‘s Dead Boy Detectives is being adapted for a TV pilot by HBO Max. Based on the DC Comics characters, the one-hour series would follow the Dead Boy Detectives – Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine – who decided not to enter the afterlife in order to stay on earth and investigate crimes involving the supernatural.
The characters were originally drawn by Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones III, and received their own miniseries in 2001, written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Bryan Talbot. This series will be developed by Steve Yockey, Jeremy Carver, and Greg Berlanti. No director is currently attached to the project, but HBO will be confident in the three aforementioned names in developing the show.
Yockey recently developed HBO Max’s hit series The Flight Attendant, while Carver created superhero series Doom Patrol (which actually features the Dead Boy Detectives), while Berlanti is a veteran producer behind numerous shows, a big enough name to be included in Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2020.
Obviously this is only a pilot order right now, but should the project go to series, it would be the latest of Gaiman’s works to get adapted for the screen. He’s currently got American Gods airing on Starz, while Netflix is prepping the release of the final season of Lucifer, as well as a long-awaited series adaptation of The Sandman.
Gaiman himself has an overall deal at Amazon, with the company having already aired a series adaptation of Good Omens, with a second season on the way. Amazon is also developing a series based on Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.
So, with all those shows already alive, and Gaiman a popular literary figure, the chances of the Dead Boy Detectives pilot getting picked up for a full series is probably pretty high.
The pilot is expected to begin shooting in November.