It took them long enough, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Preacher adaptation is moving forward. The TV series, which is based on the DC/Vertigo comic, has finally found a network brave enough to air it. Preacher has been in development for years but has just now gotten an official green light. AMC and Sony Pictures Television will produce the show, which will air on the AMC Network.
Back in 2008, HBO showed interest but eventually passed due to its harsh content. Screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson revealed that the network believed it was “too dark and too violent and too controversial.” That's something coming from the home of True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.
In a joint statement, Rogen and Goldberg said, “We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” Sam Catlin, who previously produced Breaking Bad, will serve as showrunner for the series.
Preacher centers on Jesse Custer, a small-town, no-nonsense minister who goes on a journey to find God -- literally. The Holy One has abandoned his heavenly duties, and Custer attempts to track him down. Meanwhile, he's joined on the road by an old girlfriend and a vampire. Custer also has a very special gift. He accidentally merged with a supernatural force called Genesis, which gives him power that rivals God himself. In other words, this is some heavy stuff.
With The Walking Dead wrapping its fourth season, we're not surprised that AMC is looking for its next big thing. It's earned great success with what others may have considered a simple zombie show.