AMC To Shoot “Preacher” Pilot
AMC may be adapting Preacher, the ’90s comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, into a TV series.
At this stage the network, responsible for current hit The Walking Dead, has committed to a pilot, and hopes to shoot in 2015. The series, provided things progress, will likely debut in 2016.
Responsible for adapting the property, via Sony Pictures, are Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and Sam Caitlin. Rogan and Goldberg are writers on This is the End, a series about six friends who are trapped in a house after a series of strange events devastate Los Angeles, while Caitlin served as a writer on Breaking Bad. Rogan and Goldberg are producing the series through their production company Point Grey.
Published by Vertigo, a division of DC Comics, Preacher concerns Rev Jesse Custer – a preacher who loses his faith and discovers that God has left heaven and given up his duties. As a result, Custer sets out to track God down and hold him accountable for his actions.
This is by no means the first time that Preacher has been targeted for adaptation. At one point HBO was seriously eyeing the property, but eventually passed explaining that the story was “too dark, too violent and too controversial.”
Later, Columbia Pictures grabbed up the rights, with Sam Mendes attached to direct, but nothing ever materialised.