AMC has officially put into development the long-rumored project based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series, with Sam Catlin as showrunner.
Following the success of "The Walking Dead", AMC is taking on another comic series for its next show. The cable channel has officially put into development TV adaptation of "Preacher" comics, teaming up with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The scribe duo behind R-rated movie "This Is the End" will executive produce and write the pilot draft. Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad") will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon, Ori Marmur, Ken Levin and Jason Netter also on board to executive produce.
"This is amazing!" Rogen and Goldberg say in a statement. "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!"
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic series from DC Comics imprint Vertigo, "Preacher" "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."
Ennis also reacts to the greenlight given by AMC, "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 2-hour movie... Obviously it's taken a while, but 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."
He continues, "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."
Attempt to bring "Preacher" to the small screen began in 2006 on HBO, but the premium cable channel eventually passed on it. In late 1990s/early 2000s, Kevin Smith and The Weinstein Co. planned a big-screen take on the comics, but the project was ultimately abandoned due to budgetary concerns. Columbia Pictures later picked up the rights for a film adaptation with Moritz and Netter attached to produce, but it didn't come along either.