Dead Boy Detectives spin-off series ordered to HBO Max

HBO Max has nailed it lately with its exclusive DC Comics offerings. Whether it is Titans or Harley Quinnthe streamer has something for every DC fan. Now you can add the horror genre to that list, as HBO Max just ordered Dead Boy detectives to series. The eight episode horror series is based on the world of DC sandman from Neil Gaimann and the Dead Boy detectives Comics.

As previously reported, Steve Yockey wrote the pilot episode, and now we know that he will also serve as the series’ showrunner. Yockey will also serve as an executive producer on the show Jeremy Schnitzer, Gregory Berlantiand Sarah Scheiter. Berlanti Productions is producing the project with Warner Bros. Television. Lee Toland Warrior directs and serves as executive producer on the pilot David Madden. Krieger is best known for directing the pilot Superman & Lois, Youand the coming Green Lantern HBO Max series.


As previously reported, the series will play the leading role George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri (The cottage) as Dead Boy Detectives Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland respectively. The ensemble also includes Cassius Nelson (Last night in Soho) as Crystal Palace, Briana Cuco (The flight attendant, Harley Quinn) as Jenny the butcher, Ruth Conell (supernatural, Doom Patrol) as a night nurse. Connell reprises her role from the Season 3 episode of Doom Patrol entitled “Dead Patrol”. The main characters of Edwin Payne, Charles Rowland and Crystal Palace also made their debuts in the same episode of Doom Patrol. However, they were all played by different actors. Finally, the cast is rounded off by Yuyu Kitamura (The emigrants) as Niko and Jenna Lyon (Justified) as Esther.

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When we talk about the upcoming Head of Original Content series at HBO Max, Sarah Aubreycalled:

“We’re excited to join Steve, Jeremy and the Berlanti team as we continue to delve further into the DC Universe in this exciting new take on a detective series. We were fascinated by the world of Dead Boy detectives introduced by Steve and Jeremy for the first time Doom Patroland can’t wait to follow the supernatural trackers into the bright mysteries to come.”

Yockey complemented that sentiment by saying, “I’ve had an obsession with this comic for a long time, so it’s a real passion project. And Jeremy, Berlanti Productions, DC, WBTV, HBO Max – they all encourage me to make every wild, bizarre and disturbing decision. The result will be really gritty fun.”

There’s a lot to be excited about with this series, and Yockey is one of the reasons. Yockey has created another HBO Max series and is currently its showrunner The flight attendant which enters its second season later this month. This show so far has been a great mix of humor, drama and gripping mysteries. That sounds like the kind of series Dead Boy detectives will be at the end. Yockey also has experience in the supernatural realm, having written the aforementioned Doom Patrol episode “Dead Patrol” and in the mystery department he had written a few episodes for MTVs Scream: The TV Series. He also served as a producer on the hit CW series supernatural in recent seasons.

Yockey knows how to weave an intriguing, multi-layered mystery. When you add to this supernatural equation the likes of Berlanti, who has produced an endless number of hit DC series, or Krieger, who has experience in this complex universe, it looks like this series is going to be a lot of spooky creative fun. That sandman The universe has been one of the most popular in all of literature, let alone comics, since its inception in 1988. It’ll be great to see this world expand on the small screen after the teasing we’ve gotten ourselves into Doom Patrol.

The series is described as a “fresh take on a ghost story that explores loss, grief and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two dead British teenagers, and their very real friend Crystal Palace. So it’s like a classic crime series – only darker and acidic.” HBO Max has seen so many different and unique DC projects in its short lifespan, and if that description is accurate, Dead Boy detectives will be another insanely inventive series to watch out for on the streamer.

Now that the series has been ordered and one of the directors has been chosen, we should hear news about it Dead Boy detectives start production soon. Until then, you can catch up on all the great content from HBO Max DC that’s already available on the streamer, like Doom Patrol, Harley Quinnand peacemaker.


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