AMC orders pilot for adaptation of Preacher comic book

Preacher (03) Proud AmericansEarlier in the year, AMC officially put an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series Preacher into development. It’s now one step closer to the small screen after it was announced that AMC have ordered a pilot episode.

Having spent years in development, and almost reaching the screen through HBO, the project eventually found a home at AMC. A co-production between Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios, Preacher has been developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with the pilot scripted by Sam Caitlin. The three will executive produce the show alongside James Weaver, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Ori Marmur. Ennis and Dillon will also serve as co-executive producers. Both Rogen and Goldberg will direct the pilot.

Based on the comic book series published by Vertigo from 1995 to 2000, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a reverend in a Texas town who has lost his faith. After coming into contact with Genesis, a supernatural creature that has escaped from Heaven, Jesse gains the ability to make those who hear him do anything he commands. Upon learning that God has left Heaven, Jesse goes on a journey with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy, to track down God.

“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming. “With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip.”

“Preacher has been our favourite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honour to be working on this.”

Following the announcement, Rogen took to Twitter to reassure fans that they “won’t f**k it up.”

Although unconfirmed, it’s believed that the pilot will shoot some time during the summer of 2015, and will make its way to screens in 2016.

Back in February, when AMC put the series into development, Garth Ennis said, “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.”

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Sources: Variety | Preacher AMC Twitter | Entertainment Weekly

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