The long journey of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult comic series “Preacher” continues and this time it might be headed for the small screen. Badass Digest is reporting that AMC is developing the series for television and have already ordered a pilot based on the series. Previous reports had director DJ Caruso still attached to a film adaptation, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for this venture. Though no names are given, the site reports that the ones attached are “big and impressive.”
This all remains unconfirmed by AMC but given their current programming, the comic based The Walking Dead and hit western series Hell on Wheels, “Preacher” would fit in nicely with the rest of their schedule. If true, the adaptation could very well still not happen given the comic’s rocky past including an abandoned HBO pilot that never rolled in front of cameras after nearly four years in development. Check back here for confirmation and other info on the matter as we learn it.
Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, “Preacher” tells the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher, teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire, set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.
UPDATE: Not long after posting this story, actor/filmmaker Seth Rogen took to Twitter and made a rather enigmatic tweet of:
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.
A little over an hour later, his meaning became a lot clearer when he tweeted:
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.
Basically three characters from Preacher. So how is Rogen involved with this attempt to bring the Vertigo comic to television–as a producer? Might he be directing the pilot?
While we were somewhat dubious of the earlier rumors, having been disappointed in the past, Rogen’s tweets seem to confirm that something is definitely moving forward with Preacher.