After more than a decade of fits and starts and various attempts, it looks like Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic Vertigo series Preacher is finally making the jump to live-action.
AMC has announced that they’ve started work on the Preacher pilot, which will be written by This is the End co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They will act as executive producers, while Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin will take on showrunner duties.
Rogen and Goldberg released a joint statement through AMC:
“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!”
I have literally no idea what “Humperdoo!” means, but it does sound like they’re enthusiastic.
Gath Ennis’ statement was a bit more coherent. Speaking for himself and Dillon he had this to say:
Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs.
Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation.
All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.
Preacher was an amazing comic, one of my absolute favorites. I’m really hoping they can pull this off. I’m fairly optimistic though, with one of the minds behind Breaking Bad handling the show it’s in pretty safe hands, and AMC’s long been very good with original series (even if they’re terrible with their film choices). If there’s a home on TV for something this violent, vulgar and, frankly, hilarious, AMC’s not a bad choice