‘Preacher’ TV Series Confirmed at AMC

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AMC was once known primarily for its frequent airings of past films, but in recent years, the network formerly known as American Movie Classics has made headlines for acclaimed drama series Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Moreover, AMC has proven itself a haven for geek-friendly material like The Walking Dead, its companion talk show Talking Dead and filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men. Buzz has swirled for a while that the network was looking to add another comic-book based property to its schedule, and now – at long last – it’s official.

AMC and Sony Television have confirmed that the network will air a series based on the Vertigo comic book Preacher. Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the series centers on Reverend Jesse Custer, a disillusioned Texas preacher who discovers that God has abandoned Heaven and takes it upon himself to set things right. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – the writing/directing duo behind last year’s This Is the End – will write the pilot and serve as executive producers on the series. Breaking Bad producer Sam Catlin will be the showrunner.

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The news probably doesn’t come as much of a shock for fans, as it was rumored (though never confirmed) late last year. Preacher has been in development for quite some time, with the initial plan to bring Custer and company to the big screen. Director DJ Caruso (Disturbia) was even attached to the project at one time.

However, Ennis had the following to say about the decision to take the story to television:

“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. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”

While Rogen and Goldberg’s involvement may be surprising, it’s reassuring that one of the comic book’s co-creators vouches for their understanding of the material, which meshes together supernatural action with a sharp, satirical edge. The serialized format of comics does naturally lend itself towards television, as AMC has proven with The Walking Dead, and the fact that the network isn’t relying solely on spin-offs like upcoming Breaking Bad offshoot Better Call Saul is certainly a good sign

There’s little doubt that – with the right team – the network can create a compelling hour of television out of Ennis and Dillon’s work. The bigger question is who the network will get to play Preacher‘s titular lead character as well as Custer’s nemesis, the Saint of Killers.

Are you excited that Preacher is coming to AMC, or were you hoping that the story would find its way to theaters eventually? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on the Preacher TV series as this story develops.

Source: AMC

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  1. Havint just finished the graphic novels I am very excited about a screen adaptation. I agree that the world may not be ready for this story to be told to such a wide audience but hopefully the step up (or down!) in gore and sensitivity isn’t so great after the success of Walking Dead. The casting has got to be spot on…the story will do the rest. I can see the ever young Matthew McConaughy in the lead role, Woody Harrelson as SofK, Anna Paquin as Tulip and Alexander Skaarsgard as Cassidy. I hope there are no Mickey Mouse castings giving the writer…

  2. I cant wait for this.always hoped but never thought preacher would ever be made into a show or movie.I just hope it stays true to the comic.A part of what makes this book so awesome is the shock value of the content.how they twist religion , And I’m sure every religious group will protest and wine to get it off the air.what can i say .religion is just the tip of the iceberg.I just hope it makes it past the first few episodes to get people hooked.and take it for what it is entertainment.

  3. I’m midway through the TPBs right now and am loving every page. Met Garth Ennis at Comic Con but was unable to ask about any of his work including Preacher. Heard the rumors about a possible tv show or movie, and I’m happy with the tv show route, but AMC was not a logical choice for the material. Like other comments, this story is easily a hard R. Sure a show like Walking Dead can get away with some good gory material (i’m a horror fan, but not a huge WD fan to be honest), but Preacher is more than just violence and doses of sexual content. The whole story is heavy on religion and the possibilities of some very crazy things that can happen in life (which is why it’s such a great story). Like other comments, the religious groups will go crazy about the show. HBO or Showtime, etc would have been the smart way to go. Also again, agreeing with other posts that Seth Rogen should be nowhere near this project. I think he is untalented and not funny, he has yet to do anything that would show he should be involved in writing the pilot, or producing, or anything else with this show. He’s a hack comedian, why is he involved with a religious heavy, dark story like this? I bet he got stoned one day, read one issue of the comic, made some phone calls, and got his name on board.

  4. Just ran across this today, never read it, but sounds like it would be a decent show. They should have put SyFy on it though. Could get away with the violence/almost R ratings on that channel plus the outrage on any religious beliefs in show would be more disinclined to anger anyone. It is only science fiction, ya know? Stories and books have been challenging beliefs for years and no one’s said much about the syfy of them. :)

  5. I would love to see AMC doing PREACHER ‘specialy seein as how ENNIS & DILLON are pleased by the vision of such and duo (for the subject material. I think that the best person for the role of SECRET JESUS aka JESSE CUSTER would be TIMOTHY OLYPHANT.

  6. I won’t be watching this one I don’t like the premise. I like most of AMC shows but even a winning team can have a strike out every once in awhile. the reason I think it won’t be a winning scenario for them is because it is too negative for the heartland of America. don’t mess with middle Americas preachers or faith. Don’t get me wrong… they will have a niche audience but it won’t be a huge hit, maybe two seasons.

  7. I won’t be watching this one. I don’t like the premise. I like most of AMC shows but even a winning team can have a strike out every once in awhile. the reason I think it won’t be a winning scenario for them is because it is too negative for the heartland of America. don’t mess with middle Americas preachers or faith. Don’t get me wrong… they will have a niche audience but it won’t be a huge hit, maybe two seasons.

  8. No.
    Just no to the whole project.
    Like Hellblazer most recently, there’s no way you can transfer the whole weight of the creation into a mainstream, commercially viable show. Preacher contains too much controversy in it’s most basic dna, and no network would ever be brave enough to throw all the s*** at the wall to see what resonates. A watered down end product is the very best to hope for.
    If it was me I’d max out and go balls-out to put as much as possible in. The sheer amount of flak generated would be worth it for giggles if nothing else. Might as well be fragged for sticking to the source rather than slapped for a friendly version while ditching the message anyway. (It’s what Jesse, Tulip and Cass would’ve gone for. And that’s the whole point)