Finally, after years of possibilities, the world may finally see a live action adaptation of “Preacher,”
the comic book series by Garth Ennis
and Steve Dillon
AMC and Sony Pictures Television have announced they are developing it as a series, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg partnering to write and executive produce and “Breaking Bad” writer-producer Sam Catlin on board as showrunner. It was rumored back in November that the network was ordering a pilot.
“Preacher” follows the travels of Jesse Custer, a man possessed by a creature called Genesis — the product of mating between an angel and a demon — as he searches for a God who has abandoned heaven.
Why is this such an important announcement? Fans have been waiting for “Preacher” to come to life for over a decade, though it’s never come to pass. Back in 2002, there even was a movie in the works, with James Marsden supposed to play the lead.
Eventually, the movie fell apart over budget concerns, never making it to the point of actually filming. Then, in 2006, HBO ordered a pilot for a series. Two years later, the project was dropped. After that, Columbia Pictures purchased the film rights in 2008 and a movie version became a possibility, though it never came to pass.
Now, the network that helped turn “The Walking Dead” into a worldwide phenomenon is taking a shot at another beloved comic. “We’ve tried for seven years to work on ‘Preacher’ and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us,” Rogen and Goldberg say in a release. “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right.”
Ennis is glad this is the route his creation will follow, adding, “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. 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.”
Now they just need to get through all of the development and production so the world can finally see it.