AMC knows it has a good thing in The Walking Dead, and it’s no surprise that the network is turning back to the world of comics for its next new series. Preacher, a comic about a rogue badass preacher and his vampire ex-girlfriend who attempt to track down God after he’s left his heavenly throne, is a 1990s series written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for Vertigo. Now, negotiations resolved, AMC has reached a deal with Seth Rogen and director Evan Goldberg (who collaborated on This is the End) to produce a TV adaptation. Sam Caitlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
In 2006, HBO announced plans to make an adaptation, but that fell through, and so did a film project with Sam Mendes attached. Before that, Kevin Smith had been involved in an attempt to bring Preacher to the big screen. If AMC succeeds where the others failed, Preacher will be the latest of a string of comics (Walking Dead, Arrow (CW), Agents of SHIELD (ABC)) to find success in television. No word yet on who might star as Rev. Jesse Custer, the preacher himself, or his ex Tulip O’Hare as they seek out God and try to escape an immortal killing machine called “The Saint of Killers” with its sights set on Custer.
“This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we’re thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC exec vp original programming, production and digital content.
Rogen and Goldberg were less formal, but more joyous, in their joint statement:
“This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!” they said.