Some of you may have noticed that I don’t have a whole lotta love for superhero comics. That’s because I’m a snob and zealous believer in comics that don’t require spandex to get their point across. Generally, it’s not a comic until someone survives a shotgun blast to the face! Hence my giddy enjoyment of the Constantine TV series, despite its flaws. But the real news of the moment is that the best of the Vertigo family, Preacher, is finally inching its way towards becoming a reality in moving pictures.
Fans will know that AMC has expressed interest in the project, while Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are involved, and that they hope to stay as close to the source material as possible. For those not familiar with Preacher, it’s about an alcoholic preacher who inadvertently received the Voice of God, a powerful force that compels anyone he orders to do what he says. God, though, is nowhere to be seen and the angels decide to take it upon themselves to recover the being – a divine bastard called Genesis – that gave the preacher his ability. So they unleash the Saint of Killers, a mean bastard who truly lives up to his name. Did I mention the Preachers’ crazy ex-lover, his buddy vampire, the ghost of John Wayne and a Nirvana-loving freak called Arseface?
This is just the tip of the iceberg of insanity that comes with Preacher, which has also made it so hard to be, well, made. It’s not a family-friendly creation by a long shot and fans can expect even the AMC version to walk that line carefully. But this is AMC – home of Breaking Bad and Hell On Wheels: it knows something about balancing PG sentiment with clearly adult material.
Where was I? Oh yes, AMC has greenlit the Preacher pilot, which means it will be made and punted to TV bosses at the station. Yes, all of the above waffling just to make that point. But this is Preacher. I’d repost the best of Perez Hilton here if it means I can write about Preacher.
Last Updated: December 4, 2014