Last year there were unconfirmed reports that AMC was developing a TV series based on the Vertigo comic series “Preacher.” As of Thursday that news has officially been confirmed as true. The network is developing the series with Sony Pictures Television.
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, yes the same guys who wrote “This is the End” and “Superbad,” will write the pilot and serve as executive producers. Sam Catlin, who wrote for “Breaking Bad,” will serve as the show runner as well as an executive producer.
“Preacher” is a 75 issue series that ran from 1995-2000. It was created by Eisner award- winning writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillion. It became a cult favorite but was controversial because of its dark and violent content. The story revolves around Rev. Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who has lost his faith. One day he learns God has abandoned heaven and forsaken his duties. Jesse finds himself the only person capable of finding God and discovering what has happened. Joining him on his quest is his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, a beer-guzzling vampire. Jesse’s antagonist is an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers.
For 16 years there have been various attempts to bring “Preacher” to a visual medium. In the late ‘90s/early 2000s Kevin Smith and the Weinstein Co. attempted to bring the comic to the big screen with James Marsden as Jesse. The project was abandoned due to budget constraints. Then in 2006 HBO tried their hands at a series but later passed as the new executives said it was “too dark and too violent and too controversial. Colombia then tried adapting it into a movie with Sam Mendes attached to direct.
Ennis had this to say about the announcement: “
“Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a two-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but [Executive Producers] Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”
Rogan and Goldberg had this to say:
“This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” Rogen and Goldberg said in a joint statement.
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