AMC confirms they are developing a Preacher series with Seth Rogen
Dreams can come true, everyone! After years of false starts on both an HBO series and a big screen adaptation, the amazing comic series PREACHER is finally becoming a reality. Rumors surfaced that AMC was developing a PREACHER series with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and we finally have confirmation that the network home to THE WALKING DEAD, MAD MEN, and BREAKING BAD will create the series.
For those of you unfamiliar with PREACHER, shame on you. But, here is a nice rundown about the plot.
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 an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
At one point, Kevin Smith was attached to adapt PREACHER as was Sam Mendes. Many thought the film would never happen but now we know it will be brought to us with the resources AMC has to offer. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have really been wanting to make this happen and with their success with THIS IS THE END, they can now realize it. The two had this to offer from the announcement.
“We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us,” the two said. “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”
Creator Garth Ennis also issued a statement about the PREACHER series coming to AMC.
“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. “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,”
Love or hate Rogen, the guy is not going to half-ass this. Sure, THE GREEN HORNET may have been a bit misguided, but Rogen tried to make something unique with that. Hopefully the reverence he has for the material lives up to our expectations. I just can't wait to see Arseface!