As we’ve seen with AMC’s ordering of spin-offs for “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” the network is desperate to hold on to the series that made them a key player in cable television. “Mad Men” only has one season left (we hope there’s not a spin-off in store), and then AMC really needs to get some new original programming out the door to stay strong. And they might have a promising title in the works from another comic book.
Badass Digest has word that AMC has ordered a pilot adapting the classic Vertigo comic book Preacher from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Previously, a film adaptation was in the works with Disturbia and Eagle Eye diretor D.J. Caruso attached (he even recently said he was still involved with the project at Sony), but it sounds like the property might go elsewhere.
For those who aren’t aware of the comic, the story follows a small town ex-preacher man, 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.
As you can tell, this isn’t family-friendly material, and it certainly won’t get the same kind of audience that watches “The Walking Dead.” But the comic has quite a following, and could turn up with a worthy adaptation on a network as edgy as AMC. So who might be involved with this series? Well, it’s not anyone you would have thought of right away.
This hasn’t been confirmed by any news outlets or official channels, but shortly after this news broke, Seth Rogen posted:
Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 16, 2013
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013
Those three names in the second tweet are characters from the comic book. And Seth Rogen doesn’t do much writing, producing or directing without his friend and collaborator Evan Goldberg, so there’s a good chance he’s involved too.
And if that’s not enough to confirm that a TV series is in the works, Bleeding Cool noticed a post from Escape Pod Comics (via The 13th Dimenson) who claims that Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC, walked into the store talking about the comic series and picking up Volume 1 of the books. Either way, this is all still early in development, so stay tuned.
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