AMC has really been delivering some great television as of late. Critically and commercially successes like MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, WALKING DEAD and COMIC BOOK MEN have been drawing in crowds week after week so it stands to reason that they know what they are doing when it comes to ordering and picking quality programming. Ok, so maybe I am reaching on COMIC BOOK MEN…
Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest has revealed that AMC is now ordering a pilot based upon the comic book series PREACHER from writer Garth Ennis and Artist Steve Dillon which was released under the Vertigo Imprint by DC Comics. While there has been no “official” release from AMC regarding this (there is a seemingly good confirmation from AMC’s COO regarding the pilot here), it seems that this news has been substantiated by the GREEN HORNET himself, Seth Rogen, via his Twitter account:
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) November 16, 2013
Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 17, 2013
For those of you that don’t know, those three characters play a big part in the PREACHER series. Bleeding Cool also takes this news and provides more of an expansion:
The television pitch has been developed for Sony Pictures Television by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Breaking Bad series writer Sam Caitlin through producer Neal Moritz’ Original Pictures.
If you are unfamiliar with PREACHER, here is a breakdown of the story directly from Wikipedia:
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.
Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.
Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
During the course of their journeys, the three encounter enemies and obstacles both sacred and profane, including: the Saint of Killers, an invincible, quick-drawing, perfect-aiming, come-lately Angel of Death answering only to “He who sits on the throne”; a disfigured suicide attempt survivor turned rock-star named Arseface; a serial-killer called the ‘Reaver-Cleaver'; The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus; Herr Starr, ostensible Allfather of the Grail, a megalomaniac with a penchant for prostitutes, who wishes to use Custer for his own ends; several fallen angels; and Jesse’s own redneck ‘family’ — particularly his nasty Cajun grandmother, her mighty bodyguard Jody, and the ‘animal-loving’ T.C.
So what are your thoughts? Are you excited to see PREACHER coming to the small screen? Do you feel AMC is the best place for this series to find a home? Let us know below.