PREACHER Graphic Novel Goes to Pilot at AMC; Seth Rogen on Board to Produce?

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AMC is looking to fill the void left by departing dramas Breaking Bad and Mad Men with an adaptation of the graphic novel, Preacher.  The network has apparently ordered the show to pilot, based on Garth Ennis’ story of a Texas preacher who becomes disillusioned with his belief system after accidentally merging with a supernatural force known as Genesis.  The source material isn’t afraid to tackle themes of a religious nature alongside other mature elements, making it a potentially controversial addition to AMC’s programming, which currently boasts The Walking Dead as its biggest draw.  In related news, it seems as if none other than Seth Rogen may be involved with bringing Preacher to the small screen in some capacity.  Hit the jump for more.

BAD preacheroriginally brought to our attention the news of AMC ordering a pilot for Preacher.  An adaptation of the Vertigo comic has been in the works as far back as “1998 when Garth Ennis wrote a draft of a script and Kevin Smith tried to get Harvey Weinstein to make it.”  We’ve got our own string of reports on the project, stretching back to when Sam Mendes (Skyfall) was attached to direct a feature film, to Darren Aronofsky (Black Swanpossibly helming, to producer Neal Moritz providing an update.  BAD also says they “don’t know who is attached to the TV series, but I hear the names are big and impressive.”  One of those names might be Seth Rogen (via IGN):

Seth Rogen ‏@Sethrogen
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.
Seth Rogen ‏@Sethrogen
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.

While that second tweet may seem like Rogen is just mad at John Wayne, each of those names are actually characters who appear in the Preacher series.  There’s Arseface, a disfigured suicide attempt survivor turned rock-star; the recurring apparition of John Wayne who serves as a sort of spiritual guide or conscience; and the Saint of Killers, “a reformed bounty hunter-turned-killer-once-more in the tradition of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven character, William Munny”.
Here’s the synopsis from the first book in the Preacher series (via Amazon):

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.

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  • P Craig

    How the hell are they going to get away with some of the more crazy aspects of that series, a la Jesus de Sade? The violence hasn’t been a problem for AMC, but the “abnomal” sexual escapades might be a little much for AMC to do right.

  • MainFragger

    I’m sure the premise will hint at a lot of the perversity…but compared to the comic, it will be way..way..wayyyyyyy…wayyyyyyyyyyyy toned down..

  • MainFragger

    I just want Jeffery Donovan to be Preacher and Ewen Bremner or Alan Tudyk to be Cassidy.. And Julie Benz as Tulip.

    • Marlon

      I would hope that they would choose an Irish actor to play Cassidy. Nobody else ever gets the accent right.

    • Paul Bateman

      Someone give MainFragger a job as the casting agent – Jeffery Donovan, Alan Tudyk and William Fichtner would absolutely kill it. Great casting ideas.

    • Paul Bateman

      Someone give MainFragger a job as the casting agent – Jeffery Donovan, Alan Tudyk and William Fichtner would absolutely kill it. Great casting ideas.

  • MainFragger

    Oh..and Willaim Fichtner for saint of killers, and Mitch Pillegi as Starr..

  • The Flobbit

    Wow, this is big news. Don’t know how they’re going to get away with brutal violence and perverse sexuality, but yeah… This is a great comic book run.

    And can we get on The Dark Tower with Richard Armitage/Jim Caviezel/Russell Crowe as Roland, anyone?

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      The violence they can do if Walking Dead is any indication. For all their perversion, the books do not always show so much as imply. In most cases, it wouldn’t be much more than what Sons of Anarchy gets away with each season.

  • Elitist Prick

    This thing has been in Development Hell more times than there are teen vampire franchises. I love the comic, but at this point, I’ll believe an adaptation is actually going to happen when it premieres.

  • Ched Groundheggin

    Seth Rogen really shouldn’t be producing anything. I didn’t like Sky Fall at all but I would much rather see the often talked about Sam Mendes version.

  • cimmerian

    Please let this happen.

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  • paul h

    Could be great, could be shit, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (if it ever actually gets produced).

  • Redjester

    Good move by AMC. If executed properly, this might be their most popular series ever, not to mention maintain their dominance over other such networks.

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba needs to be Arseface but only if he can show his real handsome face.

  • woohoo

    Fuck Yes!

  • woohoo

    Fuck Yes!

  • Chris Noeth

    This news made my day! PREACHER still is my favorite comic. So I really look forward seeing this on the small screen. TV is way better than to make a movie out of this btw. They now have to get the casting right and include some of the controversy stuff from the books in the screen stories. With all the violence this has to be a hit :)

  • mattinacan

    please let them go all out and do this right

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