[Movies] AMC Confirms Preacher Series In Development
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.06.2014
The comic book will finally hit the small screen...
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Vertigo comic book series Preacher has had a long, hard road to get a live-action adaptation but it appears that it is finally set. AMC and Sony TV that the comic book will be developed for a television series with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg executive producing and writing the script for the pilot.
The series has seen several attempts at making it to the big or small screen, with several people involved at various points. HBO passed on the project in 2008, deeming it "too dark and too violent and too controversial."
AMC executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman said, "This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we're thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series."
Rogen and Goldberg added, "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!"
The comic book follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as showrunner and will also executive produce.