Pilot ordered for Preacher TV series

News Michael Noble 19 Nov 2013 - 07:19

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher is on its way to TV...

This could be massive. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s superb comic Western Preacher could well be on its way to TV. After languishing in Development Hell for years, the adaptation might finally go ahead under the creative guidance of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Rumours have begun to emerge after Rogen tweeted hints about his involvement, while Badass Digest reported that the pair, who adapted The Green Hornet for cinema, are working on a pilot for AMC.

Although it’s currently enjoying ratings success with The Walking Dead, the end of Breaking Bad and the imminent closure of Mad Men means that AMC needs to plug a major gap in its output. Preacher may be the stopper that it’s been looking for.

Preacher, for the yet-to-be-converted is the wild tale of Jesse Custer, a Texan preacher who, after merges with a spiritual force known as Genesis, abandons his former beliefs and begins a violent journey across America. Blessed, if that’s even the right word, with the power to make people do whatever he says, Custer is forced to confront his loss of faith in man and god. Along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer encounters saints, rock stars and killers and a powerful organisation dedicated to preserving the bloodline of Jesus.

There have been several attempts to transfer the story to the screen, many of which involved some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In the 1990s Kevin Smith attempted to do so with Harvey Weinstein in the producer’s chair, while more recently both Sam Mendes and Darren Aronofsky had been linked to the project. It is doubtful that a two hour feature film could encompass even a fraction of Preacher’s wide narrative, but episodic television could be in with a shot.

We’re still officially at rumour stage, but we’ll be sure to bring you more details if and when they emerge.

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