AMC’s The Walking Dead is about to be joined by another comic colleague, with a bit of hellfire to it: Preacher.
AMC and Sony TV have formally announced that they have greenlit an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series Preacher by executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rogen and Goldberg, who penned 2013 film This Is The End, will serve as executive producers of the television series and pen the pilot episode. AMC have hired Breaking Bad writer/producer Sam Catlin to serve as showrunner.
Published by DC/Vertigo from 1995 to 2000, the comic series Preacher dwelled on bitter Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who’d given up on his faith but ends up being pulled into a religious mission to find God, who abandoned his post in Heaven. Working alongside an infectious ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, Custer criss-crosses the country in a literal attempt at finding god while avoiding others on similar missions and Custer’s self-proclaimed “redneck” family.
"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,” Ennis said in a press release. "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."
Ennis did assure fans that he and Dillon have been involved with the development of the series.
Preacher has been one of the most frequently discussed comic book series for possible television and movie adaptations in modern comics history. Everyone from Kevin Smith to Sam Mendes had been slotted in the directors chair of a possible movie adaptation, as well as HBO announcing in 2008 it was to do a television adaptation with Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson at the helm. In November 2013, rumors spread that AMC was lining up a Preacher television with Rogen and Goldberg attached but the network did not confirm those until today.