Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boondock Saints Coming to Television

For anyone that is a vigilante nut like myself, if you’re going to love a group of vigilantes then you have to be a fan of the Boondock Saints. The cult classic movie about Connor and Murphy MacManus, two Irish brothers from Boston that came out in the late 90s and tore the criminal underworld apart. While a lot of vigilante movies usually start off with the protagonist being wronged like Charles Bronson in Death Wish, the saints get into the business simply because they believe they’re on a mission from God. While the message of religion may say the opposite of what the saints do, people can’t deny that their faith gives them a strong appeal and their signature stance and prayer is pretty damn cool.

While the movies haven’t been a financial success, critically the films have created a legion of die-hard fans that are anxiously awaiting the third installment. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Sean Patrick Flanery at Mega-Con in Orlando and he has confirmed that there is a script but unfortunately, he believes nothing will happen. Fortunately this week, it was announced that Troy Duffy who wrote and directed both movies is working on a prequel series thanks to the rights being acquired by IM Global Television. Now there has been confusion about what exactly the show will be a prequel of, some came under suspicion it was a prequel to the second film Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. That it was going to be a show about the brothers tearing up Boston and destroying the criminal underground only to eventually retire to Ireland.

This rumor is false and the truth is it’s actually a prequel to the first film so nobody really has an idea of where the story is going to go from here. Another confirmation is that Troy Duffy has written the first episode and will direct it but only the first episode. He’ll remain on as an executive producer and the famous duo Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are in talks to be producers as well. Now it’s a prequel so I don’t expect to see either of these guys in the show but it would be cool to see a cameo. Whether or not we’ll see such famous characters like Rocco or Special Agent Paul Smecker is still unclear.

The only thing that is clear is that this is an origin story much like CW’s Gotham is an origin to Batman before all the cool gadgets and ninja training. This series will be before all the righteous killing of the Boston crime families so sadly, no signature poses or awesome final prayer. While this may not be the news that many fans wanted to hear, if social media is proving one thing it’s any taste of the Boondock Saints is enough. Despite the limited releases in theaters and the low budgeting, the saints have remained a strong force in entertainment since its release in 1999. When I went to meet Sean, David Della Rocco and Clifton Collins Jr (Romeo from Boondock Saints II) at Mega-Con, there’s no denying that the following is only expanding.

The one question now is that if it’s a prequel, how will it stay true to the tone and theme that the saints provide? Will the television rating system have any impact to how far the show can go? Will it suck is basically what everyone is worried about since it’s a prequel. I don’t know and frankly it doesn’t matter because it’s way too early to form any kind of opinion on the matter. What fans should be grateful for is that if a third movie isn’t going to happen then a television series should be more than enough for now. Hopefully this series will push a third movie into production because at Mega-Con, it’s all anyone could talk about and I’m pretty sure that Sean, Rocco, Clifton and Norman are tired of repeating themselves. Stay tuned, say a special prayer because the saints are coming back and thank you to all involved for making the series possible in the first place. 

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