The prospect of future Boondock Saints beyond the 2009 sequel has continually recurred over the years, but writer-director Troy Duffy may finally have pulled the MacManus brothers out of mothballs. A new prequel TV series has entered development with Duffy at the helm, with franchise stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery eyed to produce.

Per Deadline, IM Global Television has acquired the rights the 1999 franchise, hiring original director and writer Troy Duffy to write a potential prequel series. Duffy would also direct the first episode and executive produce with film co-producers Don Carmody, Lloyd Segan of Piller-Segan and D. Matt Geller, while Reedus and Flannery have entered talks to become co-executive producers.

Having already written the premiere, Duffy has also crafted a series bible for the project, which would chronicle the origins of vigilante siblings Connor and Murphy MacManus as Irish immigrants to South Boston. No showrunner has yet been chosen, though any interested networks would likely draft a straight-to-series order.

Says Duffy of the new series:

For years I’ve been obsessed with telling a real origin story with Boondock, and IM Global TV has stepped up. Television is the perfect medium to explore these controversial characters on a much deeper level and to bring Boondock Saints to a whole new audience.

Time will tell if a new pair of Boondock Saints get off the ground, but is the brothers’ prequel history worth exploring? Who beside Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus could bring the prayerful killers to life?

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