Perhaps only Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman‘s collaboration on a television adaptation of American Gods is more anticipated than AMC’s hungrily awaited treatment of Preacher, in terms of the modern television landscape. Adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s beloved comics series, the show will tell the grotesque tale of Jesse Cutler (Dominic Cooper), a Texas preacher who is bound to a creature called Genesis, which gives Cutler a large dose of evil and makes him god-like in his powers. Production has been well-underway for some time and today we got our first hit of news from the project in the while, as Rogen tweeted out the first poster art for the AMC series. The tweet also originally included a release date of May 2016, but that part of the original tweet has been edited, the reason for which is not completely clear as of yet. In other confidence-building news for the project, AMC confirmed today that they’re putting in a full-series order for Preacher.
Here’s the tweet:
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 9, 2015
The image is apt for a show that doesn’t so much question faith as it does question the impulses of humans who excuse their behavior through faith, as well as a general condemnation of societal control in any form. A May release would put the show as a natural pick up where the second half of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 6 ends, which will be sometime in April more than likely. Regardless, the show’s cultish following and furious source material will likely debut with a built-in audience of fans, who will either fall in love with Rogen and Goldberg’s vision or accuse them of botching seemingly sanctified material. With Cooper at the lead, alongside Joseph Gilgun, Elizabeth Perkins, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, and Lucy Griffiths, there’s quite a lot of expectations for the series in terms of performers alone, but the tone that Rogen, Goldberg, and Sam Catlin set on with the script will likely be the deciding vote on how successful this whole mishigas will be.
To set the vibe, Rogen also tweeted a song of inspiration for his main character: