After an assortment of information resulted in a hypothesis that Seth Rogen was working with AMC on a series adaptation of the bold Vertigo comic book series “Preacher,” the news has now officially been announced by the cable network.
AMC and Sony Pictures Television announced development of “Preacher” as a new drama series on AMC to join their previous comic book incarnation of “The Walking Dead.” The series is based on the comic books that originated in the 90s from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The twisted story followed a small town ex-preacher, Jesse Custer, who has become disgusted with God’s abandoning of His responsibilities. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Jesse becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to.
And so, with the Word of God at his disposal (making anyone do what he utters), Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country encountering dark atrocities and improbable calamities along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and a hard drinking, 100-year old Irish vampire named Cassidy in tow. Yeah, that sounds pretty crazy, even for a cable network.
As we guessed, Seth Rogen doesn’t do much writing, producing or directing without his partner in crime, This is The End co-writer and co-director Evan Goldberg, and the two will be executive producing and writing the show. In addition, Sam Catlin (a writer/producer on “Breaking Bad”) will executive produce and serve as showrunner, so that sounds like a pretty effective team.
Rogen and Goldberg couldn’t be more excited:
“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!”
Comic creator Garth Ennis had a little more to say about the project:
“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. 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 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.”
Knowing the kind of stuff this comic book entails, this has the potential to be one of the craziest things non-pay cable networks have seen in a long time. It’s certainly something different for Rogen and Goldberg, and this could usher in a whole new path for their career.
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