An adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series Preacher has been in the works for so long (either as a film or television series adaptation), fans may be understandably still surprised that the project is actually happening. Add in the fact that comedy writer/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind the AMC production, and the upcoming TV version of Jesse Custer’s tale is even more unbelievable.

Dominic Cooper – perhaps best known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of the young Howard Stark (most recently featured on Agent Carter) – stars as Custer, alongside Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare. Rogen and Goldberg are writing and directing the Preacher pilot.

Now, thanks to a Tweet from Rogen himself, we have confirmation that Preacher has officially begun production… and by Rogen’s own admission, even he is surprised that the project has finally come together (see below).

There’s not much additional news to glean from the image, aside from the memorial mention of camera assistant Sarah Jones (who passed away on the set of Midnight Rider last year). It’s a sweet sentiment, as her death was highly publicized, and it’s quite possible that Jones even has friends or acquaintances working on the set of Preacher.

In any case, the start of production on the series is an exciting (and long-overdue) moment for both fans of the comic book as well as the pair of creative minds behind it. The show is expected to hew closely to its DC/Vertigo source material (which should be a relief to the existing fanbase), and it could mark another win for the growing DC presence on television, already spanning across multiple networks (with more on the way).

It will be interesting to see if Preacher – which deals with an array of supernatural forces and religious themes in a rather mature fashion – is able to attract an audience beyond its core comic book fanbase. However, given the fact that it’s on a cable network like AMC (and especially one with a built-in viewership primed for darker comics-inspired material like The Walking Dead), Preacher has decent odds of becoming a cult hit, at the least.

Preacher is expected to air on AMC in 2016.

Source: Seth Rogen