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AMC reportedly orders a pilot for Garth Ennis' Preacher; Seth Rogen involved?

Nov. 18, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Preacher, based on the DC/Vertigo Comic, has long been in development hell (pun intended), having been tossed around as a film adaptation and TV series between filmmakers, studios, and networks for a long while now. Mark Stephen Johnson (DAREDEVIL), Sam Mendes (SKYFALL), and HBO are just a few of the folks who have almost taken the plunge, but eventually pulled out for one reason or another. Now, according to a source for Badass Digest, it appears that AMC, who has become renowned for cutting edge television with shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, is apparently taking the reins and ordering up a pilot.

After the story ran from Badass Digest, another strange source popped up to verify it in the form of Seth Rogen. Rogen took to Twitter and had this to say:

It's hard to say what involvement Rogen may have on the adaptation, be it acting, producing, writing, or some combination, but it's doubtful he would take to Twitter and tease such a thing if he knew the stakes in doing so. With the massive success of THIS IS THE END this past summer, which plays in the religious playground a bit, while mixing in raunchy humor and bloody violence, Rogen may have inadvertently proven to be someone that could help bring the property to life. Fans of Preacher (myself included) are pretty rabid, especially armed with the knowledge of how absolutely difficult it will be to adapt the violent, blasphemous, and downright hardcore comic to any medium.

In addition to all that, Bleeding Cool also has a report of AMC COO Ed Carroll walking into a comic shop in New York, buying a volume of Preacher, and talking at length with the owner about the book before dropping the news that he "works" for AMC and after being told that “If you do it right, though, it could be VERY successful,” says: “I hope so, we paid enough for it." There's a full blow-by-blow here, with all of it adding up to a very promising reality that Preacher may finally be filmed.

Does that mean it will make it to series? Well, that's one hurdle, for sure, but beyond that it will depend on the creators and cast involved and whether or not they can truly bring the sordid tale of Jesse Custer to life once and for all. AMC could potentially be the best place for the adaptation, but at this point I'll believe it when I see it.

More as this develops...still.

 

Extra Tidbit: All right, folks, you know the drill. Let's hear your casting choices for this sucker. Jesse Custer? Tulip? Cassidy? Saint of Killers? Herr Star?

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11:43PM on 11/18/2013
Gives me hope for a possible 100 Bullets or Sandman series. Honestly not much of a fan of Preacher. Its been over ten or so years since I read it, will probably dust it off and re-read it. The only parts I remember were the blood, sex, profanity, incest, bestiality and genital mutilation, stuff they'll probably have to remove.
Gives me hope for a possible 100 Bullets or Sandman series. Honestly not much of a fan of Preacher. Its been over ten or so years since I read it, will probably dust it off and re-read it. The only parts I remember were the blood, sex, profanity, incest, bestiality and genital mutilation, stuff they'll probably have to remove.
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6:43PM on 11/18/2013
I have faith in AMC doing it justice. Just the fact that it would be a series & not movies is a major victory.

Rogen sure as hell better only be producing or maybe writing.
I have faith in AMC doing it justice. Just the fact that it would be a series & not movies is a major victory.

Rogen sure as hell better only be producing or maybe writing.
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5:36PM on 11/18/2013
im all for this bein made but i have a feeling its gonna be watered down to not offend anyone i think it should be on hbo or showtime theres just way to much fucked up stuff in the books that wont fly on amc
im all for this bein made but i have a feeling its gonna be watered down to not offend anyone i think it should be on hbo or showtime theres just way to much fucked up stuff in the books that wont fly on amc
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1:39PM on 11/18/2013
Hooray for a Preacher show and ont a movie. Boo for it ending up in the hands of AMC. I'm sry but Walking Dead has left a bitter taste in my mouth.
Hooray for a Preacher show and ont a movie. Boo for it ending up in the hands of AMC. I'm sry but Walking Dead has left a bitter taste in my mouth.
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6:41PM on 11/18/2013
Please. If you're judging AMC by Walking Dead, it had BETTER be the only show on there you've seen . . .
Please. If you're judging AMC by Walking Dead, it had BETTER be the only show on there you've seen . . .
12:41PM on 11/18/2013

One of the best

I have been waiting for this amazing series to see the light of day... and I know AMC did well with walking dead (well the majority vote anyway) but this series needs to be showtime, stars, or HBO. You can not have this show without profanity... period. And lots, and lots of profanity lol. But if someone finally pulls it off... I will be stoked.
I have been waiting for this amazing series to see the light of day... and I know AMC did well with walking dead (well the majority vote anyway) but this series needs to be showtime, stars, or HBO. You can not have this show without profanity... period. And lots, and lots of profanity lol. But if someone finally pulls it off... I will be stoked.
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12:35PM on 11/18/2013
This could go one way or another, I'd feel safer if it was on HBO, FX etc somewhere they dont have to dail down the content. Either way I'm excited!! Ive always thought ewan mcgregor would be a good Cassidy and James Wood would be a perfect Herr Starr.
This could go one way or another, I'd feel safer if it was on HBO, FX etc somewhere they dont have to dail down the content. Either way I'm excited!! Ive always thought ewan mcgregor would be a good Cassidy and James Wood would be a perfect Herr Starr.
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12:12PM on 11/18/2013
How are they going to pull off arseface ?
How are they going to pull off arseface ?
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12:11PM on 11/18/2013
How are they going to pull off arseface ?
How are they going to pull off arseface ?
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11:46AM on 11/18/2013
I'd rather see this become a really great quality television show instead of some half assed one and done film.
I'd rather see this become a really great quality television show instead of some half assed one and done film.
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11:28AM on 11/18/2013
Please please pretty please let this be true...
Please please pretty please let this be true...
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11:12AM on 11/18/2013
A guy cuts a fish open and fucks it in this comic, and he also fucks chickens, no way in hell TV could ever do this justice. It's needs HBO or Showtime where no punches will be pulled.
A guy cuts a fish open and fucks it in this comic, and he also fucks chickens, no way in hell TV could ever do this justice. It's needs HBO or Showtime where no punches will be pulled.
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12:40PM on 11/18/2013
I think they could manage to pull it off without showing the guy fucking a chicken... Excuse me! Chicken Fucker!
I think they could manage to pull it off without showing the guy fucking a chicken... Excuse me! Chicken Fucker!
6:40PM on 11/18/2013
They can pull stuff like that off in American Horror Story on FX. Like every week. I'm sure AMC can do it too . . .
They can pull stuff like that off in American Horror Story on FX. Like every week. I'm sure AMC can do it too . . .
11:12AM on 11/18/2013
It sucks then that Walton Goggins is probably too busy on Justified to be Jesse in this.
It sucks then that Walton Goggins is probably too busy on Justified to be Jesse in this.
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11:47AM on 11/18/2013
Oh my god yes.
Oh my god yes.
12:37PM on 11/18/2013
Actually, i would prefer Timothy Olyphant as Jesse...
Actually, i would prefer Timothy Olyphant as Jesse...
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