According to a press release released by AMC, the television network that brought us Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead has green lit a pilot for a television series based on the comic book Preacher.
The pilot is being co-produced by AMC Studios and Sony Pictures. Seth Rogan, his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, a writer and co-producer from The Walking Dead, are attached to the project as executive producers.
Rogen and Goldberg were quoted in the release saying “Preacher has been our favourite comic since it first came out,” and “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.”
Preacher was created in 1995 by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. It follow a preacher named Jesse Custer from a small town in Texas who gets possessed by a supernatural creature and gains the power to command the obedience of others. Jesse, his girlfriend Tulip and a drunk, Irish vampire named Cassidy then journey across the United States to, literally, find God.
In the release Ennis is quoted saying “Steve Dillon and I are extremely pleased to know AMC has taken ‘Preacher’ to pilot. We have had an ongoing voice in the efforts of the writers whom Sony TV and Original Film entrusted with this project, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and have been most gratified that they continue to include us, and that they have tackled the project with the type of unwavering commitment and courage needed to present the material as Steve and I intended. This has been a long time coming, but that it continues apace, and with the chance to be delivered episodically, gives ‘Preacher’ an opportunity to be seen in its best possible medium, not previously possible. And many thanks indeed to Ken Levin and Neal Moritz for their never flagging commitment to ‘Preacher,’ and for never giving up well past the point when I myself grew skeptical — we have principally gotten to where we are today because of Neal and Ken.”