AMC and Sony TV announced today that the Vertigo comic book series Preacher is officially on its way to television. The series is set to have This is the End co-writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as executive producers for the series and is said to be providing the screen play for the pilot episode. This is incredibly weird to me because they’re comedy writers but if they combine it well enough (and cut the huge amount of dick jokes like in This is the End) I believe they can do it.
“This is amazing!” say Rogen and Goldberg. “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!”
“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,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content.
Preacher is a comic book that follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a preacher from Texas, on his journey to essentially find God after God completely ditches Heaven. But, that’s not all. Without giving away the comic, Custer basically has the power of a God-King. He can command anyone who hears and understands his words to do his bidding! (Think Code Geass except, unlike Lelouch, they just have to hear his voice and not look into their eyes).
On his journey, Custer is accompanied by his old girlfriend, a grade-A bad ass with a gun, and an Irish vampire that loves to drink more than life itself. How did these guys get together? You’ll just have to read the book. Or wait for the television series!
Also, what do you think about these recent books (Game of Thrones) and comics (Walking Dead) coming to life on television? It’s no secret that they’ve become huge hits. AMC has more than proven themselves to be a trusted network I mean look at Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Should more studios follow their lead? I say absolutely yes to both of these questions. There’s no doubt that I’d love to see a Saga or even a Punk Rock Jesus show/film.
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