Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been trying to get Preacher on to the small screen for some time now, and it looks like it’s finally happening thanks to AMC ordering a pilot episode, with a view to commission a whole series. Now, what makes this an interesting concept – whether you are a fan of Rogen and Goldberg or not – is that a comic adaptation of this nature belongs on a network like AMC. The comics are published by the the Vertigo label (iZombie, Hellblazer), which says it all really, especially in terms of how dark, and violent the subject matter is (oh, and let’s not forget the deep sacrilegious themes that run throughout the series). If is fitting that AMC have taken a gamble on this, as Rogen and Goldberg’s admission that they want to stay “true to the comic,” means that it’s going to be all kinds of controversial. As we have seen, bringing dark source material to cable TV just doesn’t cut it. The proof is in the pudding, having just witnessed the failure, that is: Constantine.
The commission of an entire series is solely conducive on the outcome of the pilot episode – which is pretty standard stuff. But we remain confident that Rogen and Goldberg will be able to produce the goods (I mean c’mon, it’s gotta be better than the Hellblazer adaptation over on NBC…).
Based on Garth Ennis’ (Hellblazer) cult comic-book (with artwork by Steve Dillon), it tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher from the small Texas town of Annville. Accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis (which also killed off his entire congregation and destroyed his church), leaves him with a strong sense of right and wrong. Driven by this, he goes on a journey across the United States on a mission to find God – who abandoned him when Genesis was born. On his journey – whilst discovering his newly found powers – he comes across all kinds of sacred and profane enemies including the Saint of Killers, and the Angel of Death. He is joined by his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy (the Irish sure like their booze). It’s dark territory indeed, …and as long as they keep the d**k jokes to a bare minimum, this could be an entertaining ride.
Here is an official statement from Rogen and Goldberg:
“Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” reads an official statement from Rogen and Goldberg. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honour to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”
Sam Catlin – known by AMC for his fantastic work on Breaking Bad – will be working alongside Rogen and Goldberg and he sounds just as excited about the prospect of bringing Preacher to the small-screen:
“Thanks to AMC for completely losing their minds and letting us do this,” said Catlin. “I’m so excited to bring Garth Ennis’ bloody, amazing and bloody amazing universe to TV.”
Directing the pilot with be Rogen and Goldberg themselves, and they are scheduled to deliver it in 2015 for a full series consideration in 2016. But here’s hoping that they deliver a great pilot and things move ahead a little faster now that Constantine is looking worse for wear over at NBC. As always, we will keep you posted on all the latest developments.
Are you looking forward to a small-screen adaptation of Preacher?
Via – GamesRadar+