The forthcoming series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s supernatural comic book series Dead Boy Detectives has been officially picked up by Netflix. Before switching streamers, the project was originally set up at HBO Max for nearly a year since it received an official series order.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Television decided to shop the Dead Boy Detectives series, due to the recent rebuilding of DC Studios. The project reportedly didn’t fit with James Gunn and Peter Safran’s current plans for the DC Universe, which included producing five inter-connected shows for HBO Max.
Based on the DC characters created by Gaiman and Matt Wagner, The Dead Boy Detectives hails from executive producers Jeremy Carver (Doom Patrol) and Steve Yockey (The Flight Attendant). The 8-episode series will revolve around two ghost children named Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, who refuse to enter the afterlife in order to stay on earth to investigate supernatural crimes. The characters first appeared in Gaiman’s The Sandman comics in 1991.
Leading the horror drama as the titular duo are George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri along with Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace. Additional cast includes Briana Cuoco as Jenny the Butcher, Ruth Connell as the Night Nurse, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko, and Jenn Lyon as Esther.
The Dead Boy Detectives series is written by Yockey, who also serves as the showrunner. Executive producers are Carver, Yockey, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger, and David Madden. It is a production by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.