After years of false starts, rumors, and disappointment, AMC is finally putting a Preacher TV drama into production, according to Entertainment Weekly. The site is reporting that Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will executive produce the show, along with showrunners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who will also write the series’ pilot episode. Check out AMC’s official description of the show:
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.
Preacher is based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, which was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. Ennis released an official statement proclaiming his support for 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.
While there is legitimate talent attached to the show, some fans have voiced concerns over the show’s content. The Preacher comic series was filled with pervasive violence, sex, and blasphemy, which doesn’t always translate to the small screen. However, AMC has already pulled off gore and heavy themes in The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in recent years. This is a network that takes risks and doesn’t compromise, so there is room for hope with Rogen and Goldberg on Preacher.
[via Entertainment Weekly]