UPDATE: Variety has confirmed that a Dead Boy Detectives television series is in development at HBO Max. Steve Yockey is writing and executive producing the pilot, with Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden also executive producing. No director or cast are attached to the project at this time.
While it was originally thought that the Dead Boy Detectives series is supposed to be a spin-off of DC’s Doom Patrol, this new report from Variety has cast doubt on that idea. It is currently unclear whether the series will be a Doom Patrol spin-off or not. You can read the original report below:
According to a new Production Weekly listing, a Dead Boy Detectives series might be in development at HBO Max. This would be a spin-off of Doom Patrol, which is about to premiere its third season on the 23rd of September.
Created by Neil Gaiman and born in the pages of The Sandman, Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland met their ends early in life. And that’s when things started getting interesting. Since their deaths, the young detectives have solved some of the most harrowing mysteries to hit the hallowed halls of St. Hilarion’s School for Boys. However, there’s one great mystery they haven’t yet cracked—the mystery of their own deaths.
The Dead Boy Detectives will first premiere in the upcoming third season of Doom Patrol. The Doom Patrol version of the Detectives is actually an agency, known as the Dead Boy Detective Agency. The Dead Boy Detective Agency consists of Crystal Palace, Edwin Payne, and Charles Rowland, who will be played by Madalyn Horcher, Ty Tennant, and Sebastian Croft respectively.
Madalyn Horcher plays Crystal Palace, a cool, sarcastic teen who is also a psychic medium, her only friends are Charles and Edwin, the two dead boys who freed her from demonic possession.
Tennant will Edwin Payne who has been dead since 1916. Edwin spent 80 years in hell due to a “clerical error” and has seen horrors no one could imagine. In the comics, Edwin Paine was murdered at his boarding school in 1916, after which he went to Hell, where he was stalked by an unseen menace through a long corridor for several decades.
Sebastian Croft portrays Charles Rowland, who is described as affable, charming, and dead since 1989, he always does his best to be chipper, but his death by hypothermia and neglect haunts him. In the comics, Charles Rowland was the sole living student at the school during the previously mentioned events, as all the other students had gone home for the holidays.
The Dead Boy Detectives spin-off is currently set to start production in November of this year.