We’ve seen ‘Preacher‘ developing over the past year and now AMC has officially ordered a pilot episode of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic comic from the nineties. With AMC having an exceptionally successful run with ‘The Walking Dead’ it should be no surprise that they would be interested in developing another comic themed show. AMC isn’t interested in our standard super heroes though and know that pushing the limits is what is getting interest in their shows. ‘Preacher’ is one of the perfect choices to go with for a non-standard series.
Here’s a synopsis of what the show comic was about:
Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
This is clearly not your standard comic and we already know that the character Genesis will be involved in the televised version as well, which is pretty much a requirement for how Custer got his powers in the comic form.
According to AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content:
“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. 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. Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, and we have everything we need to be VERY excited to move forward on Preacher.”
Writers of the pilot Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg chimed in that, “Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out. Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”
Finally Ennis himself said that:
“Steve Dillon and I are extremely pleased to know AMC has taken Preacher to pilot. We have had an ongoing voice in the efforts of the writers whom Sony TV and Original Film entrusted with this project, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and have been most gratified that they continue to include us, and that they have tackled the project with the type of unwavering commitment and courage needed to present the material as Steve and I intended. This has been a long time coming, but that it continues apace, and with the chance to be delivered episodically, gives Preacher an opportunity to be seen in its best possible medium, not previously possible. And many thanks indeed to Ken Levin and Neal Moritz for their never flagging commitment to ‘Preacher,’ and for never giving up well past the point when I myself grew skeptical — we have principally gotten to where we are today because of Neal and Ken.”
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Source: Comic Book