Another comic-book adaptation is heading to the small screen. This time it's based on the Vertigo title Preacher. The series, created by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, made its debut in 1995. Now it's moving to television courtesy of Seth Rogen and his producing partner, Evan Goldberg.
According to Variety, the one-hour drama has been picked up by the AMC Network. It was rumored to be a straight-to-series order, but the network opted for the pilot instead. The story centers on a small-town preacher, Jesse Custer, who becomes possessed by a supernatural creature called Genesis.
Custer, along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and a vampire named Cassidy, heads out on a spiritual journey to find God -- literally. Rogen and Goldberg have made it clear that they will be respectful to the source material and its fans.
"Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.” The duo are on board to executive-produce and direct.
We're not surprised by AMC's decision to tackle Preacher. With Breaking Bad gone, and the final season of Mad Men approaching, they need another hit. It appears they're trying to tap into The Walking Dead's demographic.
Preacher is written by Sam Catlin and will be produced next summer. The pilot will be considered for the 2016 TV season.
Do you think AMC is a good fit for Preacher?