At long last, is Preacher finally coming to television?
Once upon a time in the middle to late nineties, there was a rather fantastically blasphemous Vertigo comic book series from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. Running for 66 issues (plus some one-shot specials and a spinoff mini-series), Preacher told the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in a small Texas town who was accidentally inhabited by a supernatural creature called Genesis that was created by the mating of an angel and a demon. Custer goes on a quest across the United States to literally find God, along with his former girlfriend Tulip O'Hare and an Irish vampire named Cassidy.
There have been a number of attempts to adapt Preacher for both film and television over the years, most notably having X-Men actor James Marsden as Jesse Custer in a film version and HBO developing the series until they found it too religiously controversial. Well, according to Badass Digest, the project has some life again...this time over at AMC, who have ordered a pilot for a potential series. The article claims that AMC is looking for another buzzworthy show in addition to The Walking Dead now that Breaking Bad has ended and Mad Men will shortly reach its finale.
The Badass Digest article doesn't mention who was developing the series for AMC, but actor/producer/director/screenwriter Seth Rogen posted these two interesting tidbits on his official Twitter account...
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.Rogen may be working on the project with longtime friend Evan Goldberg, who has collaborated with Rogen on films such as Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, The Watch and This is the End.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013
But since Preacher adaptations have fallen apart before, there's no guarantee that this attempt will be any different. The pilot order by AMC is encouraging though, and makes sense from AMC's standpoint, so we'll see if this actually goes to Texas...