For those of you out there with back tattoos that say the full pre-execution prayer from the 1999 cult film The Boondock Saints — I'm sure you know the one, "And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee" — there is good news. Even if you don't have that tattoo, maybe you just had the poster in your college dorm, or simply really, really liked the movie about Irish-American brothers going all vigilante-style on mobsters in Boston. Regardless, you should still be excited. Why? It turns out The Boondock Saints is getting a TV series, but there's a bit of a catch.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Troy Duffy, the writer-director behind the feature film and its 2009 sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, has teamed up with Don Carmody Television to dig a little deeper in the franchise with a "newly re-imagined installment," a prequel TV series, The Boondock Saints: Origins. It's certainly going to be exciting to see younger versions of Murphy and Connor MacManus, the fraternal twins who believe they hear a voice from God enlisting them to hunt wicked men.
But alas, there's a catch to getting a glimpse of a younger version of the brothers and their mob errand boy bestie, Rocco. This catch is detailed by the actor who plays Rocco, David Della Rocco, in a campaign video.
The series hasn't been ordered yet for any specific streaming service or channel, but for a pretty serious price, fans can get a box set of the first season of Origins before it even premieres, and a bunch of other rewards listed on the series' website. The least amount of money you can spend is $597 for the series and some other goodies. Then, adding a catch to the catch — this offer is only available until June 25 and the price is limited to 5,000 copies. It seems that only the most dedicated of fans (perhaps those people with the Boondock Saints-themed back tattoos) will take up this offer.
For the rest of us, we'll just have to wait for what promises to be a really interesting addition to the unique franchise. In a statement to EW, Duffy did his job to make the series seem like just what the doctor ordered,
“A television series is the perfect medium for storytelling inside the world of our beloved blue-collar superheroes. The brothers have always been defenders of the people, justice, fairness and the city of Boston. In this sensitive time of human rights unrest, government scandal and civil corruption, there couldn’t be a better moment to re-launch the brothers iconic brand of justice in the Cradle of Democracy.”
With that kind of enthusiasm about The Boondock Saints: Origins, I'm almost tempted to shell out the dollars. But in case I don't, the world premiere launch party for the series is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2018, and hopefully the series will end up on television or a streaming service shortly thereafter.
Until then, I'll just leave you with this, "In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti." Don't worry guys, we've waited for more of the Saints since 2009, this wait can't be that bad.