AMC has already made a name for itself by bringing The Walking Dead to the small screen and it looks as if they’ll be taking on another much-loved and very violent comic book property. With the help of some famous names, Garth Ennis’ Preacher will be getting a chance to impress audiences. Scroll on for all the details.
The script for Preacher is being put together by the combo team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, writers perhaps best known for penning movies such as This Is the End, Pineapple Express and Superbad. They will also serve as executive producers on the show, joining up with Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Catlin will also serve as showrunner for Preacher.
In a recent interview, none-other-than Preacher’s creator, Garth Ennis, had a few words to say about 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 two-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.”
Rogan and Goldberg also had a few words to say about the project, though more joyful and less informative:
“This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comics of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”
So there you have it folks. After many long years, AMC has heard the cries of the fans (myself included) and decided that this amazing series deserves the full television treatment. While they may have to skip over a few points (being that it’s AMC), it should still end up massively better than it would have should they have gone the movie route.
What say you, Nerd Readers? Did you just pee yourself a little like I did? Do you think that the names involved can make Preacher everything that it deserves to be?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.