The Boondock Saints is getting a television reboot, courtesy of original producer Don Carmody (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Resident Evil: Afterlife). The show will be titled The Boondock Saints: Origins, with creator Troy Duffy writing and directing.
Read part of the official press release below:
Don Carmody Television (DCTV) today announced they have reteamed with The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy to revive the cult classic film franchise for television, with an exclusive fan-focused pre-order campaign of the newly reimagined installment – The Boondock Saints: Origins.
An American crime film written and directed by Duffy, The Boondock Saints first hit screens in 1999 and starred Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as Irish immigrant fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become vigilantes in order to rid their home city of Boston, Massachusetts of crime, evil and corruption. The film garnered more than $260 million in worldwide theatrical and DVD sales and has a robust social media presence of more than four million followers.
The television reboot campaign officially kicks off today with the launch of a fan-driven pre-sales initiative at BoondocksBack.com. In addition to DVD and digital download pre-orders of the series, fans of the franchise will have access to experiences, merchandise and a limited edition subscription box. Fans purchasing the offering will also gain access to exclusive bonus and behind-the-scenes content.
“The Boondock Saints has become an irreverent cult brand that has resonated with loyal fans across the globe for almost 20 years”, said Don Carmody, Executive Producer and Chairman of DCTV. “We’re beyond excited to reward our fans with an unprecedented opportunity to go behind the curtain throughout the entire creative development and production processes via a myriad of exclusive material, outreach and sneak peeks”.
“A television series is the perfect medium for story telling inside the world of our beloved blue collar super heroes. The brothers have always been defenders of the people, justice, fairness and the city of Boston”, says Creator and Executive Producer Troy Duffy. “In this sensitive time of human rights unrest, government scandal and civil corruption, there couldn’t be a better moment to re-launch the brothers iconic brand of justice in the Cradle of Democracy”.
“The Boondock Saints” television series will be executive produced by Duffy (Boondock Saints, Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day), Carmody and David Cormican of DCTV (“ShadowHunters,” “Tokyo Trial,” “Between,” “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.”)
The release also stated that casting would be revealed in the coming weeks, and with this project repeatedly being referred to as a reboot, I wouldn’t bet on seeing Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus anywhere near this.
The pre-order campaign over at BoondocksBack.com is loaded with perks for diehard fans, including a Collector’s boxed set of the series for $597.77, to include over $1,200 worth of exclusive and never to be released again merchandise as well as the chance to view the series ahead of ANY broadcast run on ANY network, cable, premium pay television or an SVOD platform. Other rewards include the Golden Ticket package (limited to 300), which includes a boxed set of the series and two passes to attend the green carpet world premiere and marathon screening event in Boston, MA over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend; and for those with really deep pockets, there’s the Your VIP Emerald Experience, which includes the two previous rewards (with VIP extras), two round-trip economy airfare tickets from anywhere in North America with hotel accommodations for a two night stay, an Associate Producer credit and an exclusive dinner and after-party with Troy Duffy, the cast and producers.
The price tags on those rewards are more than a little steep, especially considering not a single frame of film has even been shot yet. And while the first film remains a cult classic, the sequel – The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – didn’t fare as well, which is why the third film never got past the script stage. But it’s obvious that these incentives are for the franchise’s biggest fans and supporters who still believe in Duffy’s vision. Hopefully, it all works out in the series’ favor.
Check back for more information as it becomes available.