‘Preacher’ Expected to Get Pilot Order from AMC

By November 2, 2014

Fans of Garth Ennis’ and Steve Dillon’s beloved comic book series Preacher, published by DC Comics’ mature imprint Vertigo, should be feeling very optimistic right now.

According to a new report at Variety, a pilot order for a “Preacher” pilot episode is said to be “heating up” for AMC as the network is seeking additional original programming to fill the void left by the likes of “Breaking Bad” and the soon-ending “Mad Men.” Additionally, a companion series to “The Walking Dead” is also likely to be greenlit to expand what will likely be the network’s signature franchise going forward, and series orders have been issued for a martial arts drama called “Badlands,” and a futuristic robot-centric drama entitled “Humans.”

Seth Rogen (who was recently cast as Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic) and Evan Goldberg are said to be adapting the comic book series to a pilot episode for Sony Pictures Television and Original Film.

Preacher was an ongoing comic book series published by Vertigo that ran for 66 issues (plus a couple of specials) from 1995-2000. It revolved around the character of Jesse Custer, a minister from a small town in Texas. When a being resulting from an unholy union between an angel and a demon possesses the preacher, his entire congregation is killed and his church is flattened, while also bonding him to the being that initially possessed him, who readers would come to know as “Genesis.” When he finds out that God abandoned Heaven after the creation of Genesis, he sets out on a journey to literally find God, and discovers that he has the ability to compel anyone to do anything he wishes as long as they can comprehend his words.

Preacher received widespread critical acclaim during its initial run, and is still recommended by comics enthusiasts as one of the more imaginative and thought-provoking mature series ever produced by Vertigo. Since it was written by Ennis, it also tends to contain images and ideas that stay with you, which can be hilariously funny or deeply and intimately disturbing.

For more on whether or not “Preacher” will make it to series at AMC and any other news about the series along the way, be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.