In the streamer’s second international drama series deal in a week, HBO Max has boarded Boys (working title), Russell T Davies’ five-part drama being produced by Red Production Company for the UK’s Channel 4.
The WarnerMedia-owned streaming service, set to launch in the US next spring, will be the exclusive US outlet for the series about five London friends in the 1980s and the rise of AIDS. Davies, who most recently created HBO cable series Years And Years and wrote A Very English Scandal, is writer and executive producer of the series, which began shooting in October and is set to air in the UK next year.
The Boys cast includes Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Callum Scott Howells, Tracy Ann Oberman and Lydia West. Peter Hoar is directing, with Phil Collinson producing and Red’s Nicola Shindler serving as executive producer with Davies.
All3media International, which last week sold British crime series White House Farm to HBO Max for the US, is distributing Boys.
Commenting on the Boys deal, HBO Max senior vice-president of international originals Jeniffer Kim (pictured) said: “It is our delight to be collaborating with the talented Russell T Davies. He has crafted a beautiful coming-of-age story, exploring the excitement of new friendships and self-discovery during a period when there were so many unknowns. Russell’s mastery is so evident throughout and with Nicola’s producing expertise and Channel 4’s collaboration, we at HBO Max are thrilled to partner in sharing this moving story.”
Davies commented: “This was an astonishing decade, when a sudden new virus meant life became more stark, vivid and precious than ever before. I’ve carried these stories with me for years, and it’s an honour to find them a home with HBO Max.”
Shindler, CEO of Studiocanal-owned Red, added: “We’re delighted that Boys has found its US home on HBO Max, and we look forward to sharing this extraordinary story with viewers next year.”