“Preacher” adaptation heading to AMC

Seth Rogen Preacher AMCGarth Ennis’ gore riddled, expletive splattered comic book series is about to be reborn on AMC thanks to comedy writing/directing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “This is The End”) and Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin. The pilot was just ordered this past week after months of speculation on whether the long awaited show was finally coming.

“Preacher” is the story of Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who merges with a creature that has escaped heaven and develops the ability to become a godlike figure by forcing anyone to do whatever he says. There have been many attempts to bring the story to the screen. The closest it ever came was a pilot directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Skyfall”) for HBO several years ago, but nothing ever came of it. However, it appears that Catlin’s script has a lot of support from AMC. According to Joel Stillerman, AMC’s vice president of original programming, “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.’”

Rogen and Goldberg also appear very excited about the prospects, saying “‘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.” It will be the first pilot that the duo has worked on, and the two look to continue work on the series, if it is picked up for more episodes.

The pilot for “Preacher” is set to be produced during the summer of 2015, to be considered for series pickup for the 2015-16 season.

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