We at FTN are very excited to bring to you the news that the seminal classic comic-book series, Preacher has been greenlit by Sony TV and AMC. There were rumours regarding an adaptation back in November 2013 when actor/comedian Seth Rogen took to twitter with two tweets that got many fans excited.
The first tweet read :
“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.”
He followed that with a second, listing out the names of characters from the series: “Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.”
There hasn’t been any more news until today when it was announced the series was greenlit at AMC, home of another tearaway comic TV series, The Walking Dead. The series will indeed involve Rogen who is set to produce and write the pilot along with frequent collaborator, Evan Goldberg. The pair have worked together on such films such as The Green Hornet, This is the End and Superbad. AMC have also hired Breaking Bad writer/producer Sam Catlin to serve as showrunner for the series.
Preacher, written by Northern Ireland’s own Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon made it’s home at DC’s Vertigo Imprint from 1995-2000 and told the story of a small town Texas Preacher Jesse Custer, who gets inhabited by the offspring of a demon and an angel. Learning of God abandoning heaven, Jesse along with his girlfriend Tulip and Irish Vampire friend, Cassidy travel across America with a mission to put God back on the throne.
Many revere Preacher as one of the best works in all of comics so it’s very exciting that this project is finally moving ahead after years of false starts and hopes. The most recent being HBO announcing in 2008 that it was to do a television adaptation with the involvement of Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson which got as far as make-up tests for some of the characters but this ultimately fell through.
Fans shouldn’t worry as both Ennis and Dillon appear to be fully involved as well with Ennis releasing this statement –
“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. 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.”
So there you have it guys, looks like fans can finally start getting excited because we surely are!