Dead Boy Detectives: Neil Gaiman Offers Update on HBO Max Adaptation

Less than a year ago, HBO Max was officially greenlit Dead Boy Detectivesco-author Neil Gaiman took to Twitter to share the first update on the upcoming horror drama.

Gaiman assured expectant fans of the comic series that the project is still moving forward, despite recent cancellations on the streamer. “It’s so good,” Gaiman replied to a fan, confirming that the series adaptation has already begun shooting.

Based on the DC characters created by Gaiman and Matt Wagner, The Dead Boy Detectives comes 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.

Heading the horror drama as the title duo are George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri alongside Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace. Additional cast includes Briana Cuoco as Jenny the Butcher, Ruth Connell as Night Nurse, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko and Jenn Lyon as Esther.

The series will be “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 much alive friend, Crystal Palace,” according to the logline. “So, it’s a lot like a vintage detective series – only darker and on acid.”

The Dead Boy Detectives the series is written by Yockey, who also serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Carver, Yockey, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger and David Madden. It is a production of Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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