Tuesday, December 3, 2019

HBO Max Lands U.S. Streaming Rights to U.K. Drama 'Boys' Created by Russell T. Davies

HBO Max is today partnering with Channel 4 on the original drama series Boys created by Russell T. Davies (A Very English Scandal, Years and Years). Production on the five-part series began in October, with HBO Max landing the U.S. streaming rights today.

The drama charts the emotional journey of five friends during the 1980s, a decade in which everything changed, most notably with the rise of AIDS.

The cast will feature Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Callum Scott Howells, Tracy Ann Oberman and Lydia West.

Davies is writing the series, with Peter Hoar directing. They executive produce with Nicola Shindler. Phil Collinson serves as a producer. RED Production Company will produce in association with Channel 4 and HBO Max.

"This was an astonishing decade, when a sudden new virus meant life became more stark, vivid and precious than ever before," said Davies. "I've carried these stories with me for years, and it's an honour to find them a home with HBO Max."

"It is our delight to be collaborating with the talented Russell T. Davies," added Jennifer Kim, Senior Vice President of International Originals, HBO Max. "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 Ch4's collaboration, we at HBO Max are thrilled to partner in sharing this moving story."