'Preacher' Might Be Headed to Pilot at AMC

Monday, 18 November 2013 07:34 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Preacher' Might Be Headed to Pilot at AMC

Well Hallelujah.

Preacher, writer Garth Ennis and penciler Steve Dillon's jet-black ultra-violent religious odyssey, is destined for adaptation.  It's too great – too strange, too audacious, too singular – not to jump from comic books to another medium.  And that medium might just be television, as cable network AMC has reportedly ordered a Preacher pilot.

AMC has yet to comment one way or another, but this notion makes a whole lot of sense.  The network still has its ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead and its western Hell on Wheels, but Breaking Bad just wrapped up and Mad Men has only the one season remaining, albeit one season divided into two halves.  The Walking Dead may be kind of a big deal, but it doesn't inspire the same sense of pop-cultural pomp and importance that accompanies Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

So AMC could use a new series that gets folks talking.  And Preacher is guaranteed to get people riled up.

The sixty-six issue Vertigo series follows Jesse Custer, the eponymous small town Texas preacher who becomes possessed by Genesis, the unholy offspring of an angel and a demon.  A vessel for this immensely powerful creature of both pure good and evil, Jesse sets out to find God and make the creator pay for abandoning humanity.  He's joined on his road trip by, among others, his assassin ex-girlfriend Tulip, an alcoholic Irish vampire, and Assface, who got his good looks from a shotgun to the face.

Preacher is a sledgehammer of a story, jam-packed with blasphemy that would doubtless inspire controversy as a television series.  According to Badass Digest, AMC is taking Preacher to pilot.  There's no word on who is involved on the creative end, but apparently the names "are big and impressive."

None other than Seth Rogen publicly associated himself with the potential Preacher pilot, tweeting, "Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life."  Yeah, that alone doesn't seem to specify this particular property, but Rogen followed that up, saying, "Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers," Preacher characters all.

Many an attempt to adapt the comic have been mounted over the last fifteen or so years.  HBO recently took a crack at developing it as a series with Daredevil writer-director Mark Steven Johnson writing, but that died on the vine five years ago.  Skyfall director Sam Mendes has been involved with a movie version, but Disturbia and The Salton Sea helmer D.J. Caruso as also hopped aboard.

As recently as August, Caruso exclusively told IAR that he was still developing the film, saying, "I’m still attached to Preacher and we’re wrestling with Sony because I got another movie at Sony called Invertigo, which is a big action film we’re trying to get going this summer. So Preacher got put on the back burner, but we’re still involved with Preacher and hopefully we’ll have some good news on that soon. John August wrote a great script. I think it’s one of those features that has to kind of go through the studio system if it’s going to be made for a certain price. So we’re kind of revisiting a way to approach making the movie in the right way."

Stay tuned for more news on the possible television version of Preacher.

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