PREACHER development is confirmed, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will script the pilot

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It’s a good time to be an adult. Television feels riskier, but not in a way that has it relying on smut and snuff content in order to hook viewers. The Walking Dead has been a big hit for the AMC channel, as that zombie apocalypse has hooked plenty of new viewers.

Preacher on the other hand, could be a riskier venture with it’s more sort of blasphemous content. But at least this adaptation, has made it to the pilot stage.

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The Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic is currently being developed by that channel, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg working as executive producers and pilot episode writers. Sam “Breaking Bad” Catlin will be the showrunner, with AMC describing the proposed show as follows:

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.

As a big a fan as I am of the Saint of Killers character, it’s Herr Starr that I want to see, but all good things come to those who wait. There’s no mention of the Genesis entity which imbues Custer with the power of The Word, which allows him to command anyone to do whatever he tells them to, but I doubt that the series will emit that important plot point.

Rogen and Goldberg are naturally excited, as they gushed:

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!

And of course, Preacher co-creator Garth Ennis had something to say as well. Take this with a pinch of PR salt:

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.

Make no mistake, I’m damn excited for a potential Preacher series. But I’ll need to see it in action before I start doing some gushing of my own. Also, I’m hoping that Rogen and Goldberg write themselves into the show, as a certain pair of ‘ard men known as the sex detectives…

Last Updated: February 7, 2014

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