Some would say Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon’s Preacher series is unfilmable. The naysayers are right. It’s a 60+ issues comic series (and that doesn’t included all the tie-ins) featuring flashbacks, asides and embedded arcs that explain every character in it’s sprawling story. It’s waaaaaaaay too big, the structure isn’t right for film. Now, a Television adaptation on the other hand… that could be something. Years back (going back to ’98), there was talk that HBO might pick it up for series, but plans never came to fruition. Then there was all sorts of studio tug, pull, and developmental hell in regards to a feature film. Thankfully, those plans died out as well. Well, now we’re back to TV talk and one of the greatest networks is poised to make a Preacher adaption that nerds can approve.
AMC, the same network that brought Mad Man, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad is ordering a Preacher pilot. Badass Digest has the report, citing a couple of anonymous sources.
Preacher will work better on TV, as opposed to a movie or movies, for sure. I think, however, AMC is gonna have to rethink that “Only one “Fuck” a season rule”. Fuck is used so often in Preacher, it might as well have been a comma. And then there’s the egregious violence, gore and full on weirdness. Sure AMC has gotten away with meth cooking, murder, dead corpses, and walking dead corpses, but Preacher is (if you can believe it) way crazier than all that. Then again, the Network can take all the fucked up gratuity down a notch as long as they stay true to the themes. Preacher was always about family, friendship, and enduring morality in way of of the most surreal obstacles imaginable.
Considering AMC’s “Story Matters” mantra, I think they’re one of the few Networks that could serve an adaption well. I’m excited about this. It has the potential to fill the void Breaking Bad left me. What say the rest of you?
Preacher is a comic book series from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, that’s published by DC Comics imprint, Vertigo. The story follows Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville who was accidentally possessed by a supernatural creature called Genesis, an infantile entity that very well could be the most powerful being in the universe. This supernatural occurrence prompts Dillion to begin a cross country pilgrimage to discover the truth about his newly acquired powers.