It's official: Comedy veterans Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are writing a "Preacher" adaptation for AMC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Breaking Bad" alum Sam Catlin is also on board the project, and will serve as showrunner.
Rogen and Golberg will write the pilot script and executive produce. THR says. "Preacher" ended up at AMC "with a hefty commitment in a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding."
"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," Joel Stillerman, AMC executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content, is quoted in THR's piece. Given the massive success "The Walking Dead" has been for AMC, the acquisition of another high-profile comic book adaptation isn't a surprise.
"Preacher," written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon, ran for 66 issues from 1995 to 2000 as part of DC Comics' mature readers Vertigo line. Telling the story of Jesse Custer (a preacher with the power of "the Word of God"), his girlfriend Tulip O'Hare and their vampire Cassidy, it stands as one of the most acclaimed and influential comic book series. Several past attempts have been made at bringing "Preacher" to live action.
"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 two-hour movie," Ennis said in THR's article. "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."
Talk of a Rogen-helmed "Preacher" TV series first surfaced in November, with an unconfirmed report from Badass Digest. Later, the actor/writer tweeted rather strong hints that he was indeed working on "Preacher," writing, "Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favourite stories ever to life. Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers."
With "Preacher" at AMC, the list of DC Comics properties in the works as television series has grown even larger. Four projects are currently in the pilot stage at networks -- "The Flash" and "iZombie" at The CW, "Constantine" at NBC and "Gotham" at Fox -- and Wednesday brought the news that "DMZ" is in development at Syfy. An "Hourman" series is also in motion at The CW.