What's that? A bird? A plane? A baby with laser eyes? No! It's Eric Kripke, the creator and showrunner of the diabolically disturbing record-breaking Amazon original series The Boys. Kripke is also the creator of America's longest-running sci-fi series Supernatural, which just aired its 15th and final season. How do you create iconic characters so complex and compelling that they can sustain a show for more than a decade? How do you flip the superhero genre on its head? And just what does a showrunner in the big leagues do?
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Eric Kripke is best known as the creator and showrunner of two record-breaking sci-fi/fantasy shows: The Boys, an Amazon Original superhero series credited with flipping the genre upside down, and Supernatural, which holds the record as America's longest-running sci-fi series thanks to its 15-year run.
He's had "a lifelong obsession with urban legends and American folklore."
In his early career, his 16-minute short film Truly Committed won the audience choice award at the slam dance film festival and went on to develop and write the 2003 series Tarzan with fellow LSF speakers Michael Colleary and Mike Werb. In 2005 he wrote the film Boogeyman, his first foray into the genre he'd become known for.
In a TV.com interview, Kripke notes that in 2004 he pitched the idea of Supernatural as "a series about a reporter who works for a tabloid magazine, pretty much a rip-off of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker." But the network rejected that, and said, "What else do you got?" He didn't have anything, so he turned to a half-baked version of the same idea that he'd scribbled on a napkin the night before: "I tap danced and said, 'Well, I got this great idea about two brothers on a road trip.' They loved it, and it ended up being the show." Kripke released his original Pitch document, which calls it "Star Wars in Truck Stop America", with logline: "Two brothers cruising the dusty back roads in their trusty '64 Impala, battling things that go bump in the night."
He then created the series Revolution, which ran for two seasons, and Timeless, which ran for one.
In 2019 he teamed up with the Preacher series creators Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg to create his boldest offering yet: The Boys. It's adapted from the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, which was originally published by DC Comics. As of 2021 the Boys is currently filming Season 3, with a spinoff series greenlit by Amazon in 2020 due to the massive snowballing popularity of the show.
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